Vikas Krishan and Amit Panghal won gold as Indian boxers bagged 11 medals at the 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament held in Sofia, Bulgaria.
With five medals from men and six from women, this was India’s best-ever performance at the tournament that ended on Sunday night. The haul included two gold medals, three silver medals and three bronze medals.
Indian women claimed 2 silver and 4 bronze medals while the men picked up 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze as the Strandza Memorial Boxing tournament concluded on Sunday night. Congratulations to all the winners. pic.twitter.com/Zf9JflYFYA
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) February 26, 2018
The victory brought another laurel for Vikas Krishan, that of the boxer of the tournament. This is the first time that an Indian has got this recognition at the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament.
The 26-year-old Vikas Krishan defeated world championship bronze medallist Troy Isley of the United States in the 75-kg middleweight finals to accomplish a stunning comeback.
The boxer, who had been laid low by injury and disciplinary proceedings for a while, had last won a medal at the Asian Championships in 2017. He has won an Asian Games gold medal in the past.
#Boxing| India shining in Bulgaria!
Congratulations to all the winners of Indian Boxing contingent on their outstanding performance at the #StranjaCup in #Bulgaria.
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— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) February 26, 2018
For the 23-year-old Amit Panghal, who defeated Morocco’s Said Mordaji, this was his second consecutive international gold medal. The Haryana boxer had emerged victorious at last month’s India Open.
Gaurav Solanki won the silver medal in the 52 kg category, losing to Ukraine’s Dmytro Zamotaev in a close contest.
The men’s team won also two bronze medals – Mohamad Hussamuddin (56 kg), and Satish Kumar (+91kg).
Disappointment For Mary Kom
Gold medal hope and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom, however, had to settle for a silver medal after what is being described as a surprising verdict in the 48-kg category final.
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) February 26, 2018
35-year-old Mary Kom was looking for her third consecutive gold medal after the Asian championships and the India Open. But she lost to Bulgaria’s Sevda Asenova despite dominating the bout for the most part.
Seema Poonia too had to settle for a silver medal in the +81-kg event, going down to Russia’s Anna Ivanova.
Doordarshan National congratulated the Indian winners at the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament.
— Doordarshan National (@DDNational) February 26, 2018
The women’s team won four bronze medals – Meena Kumari Devi (54kg); L Sarita Devi (60kg); Sawooty Boora (75kg), and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg).