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Sports Shorts: Manish claims dominating win, advances in World C'ships

September 12, 2019 19:54 IST

Manish Kaushik

IMAGE: Commonwealth Games 2018 silver medallist Manish Kaushik (63 kg) during a bout against Kyrgyzstan’s Argen Ullu Kadyrbek at the AIBA Men’s World Championships in Ekaterinburg. Photograph: PTI

Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) hardly broke a sweat as he out-punched Kyrgyzstan's Uulu Argen Kadyrbek to enter the second round of the World men's Boxing Championship, in Ekaterinburg, Russian, on Thursday.

Kaushik prevailed 5-0 in the thoroughly lopsided opening-round bout. He will next face the Netherland's Enrico Lacruz.

 

The only Indian in action on Thursday, Kaushik was advised to keep his distance from Kadyrbek by his corner and he executed the plan to perfection.

The first round was relatively uneventful before Kaushik took control of the proceedings with his accurately-placed combination punches. It also helped that his rival was neither quick nor had the ferocity in punches to cause any concern for the Indian, who got the unanimous nod of the judges.

On Tuesday, Brijesh Yadav (81kg) won his opening bout to enter the round of 32.

Earlier, Asian champion Amit Panghal (52kg), and the Asian silver-winning duo of Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) got first-round byes.

The World Championship was meant to be an Olympic qualifier and features the revised eight weight categories (52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, +91kg) earmarked for Tokyo 2020, instead of the traditional 10 divisions.

However, the event was stripped of that status after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) lost patience with the long-standing administrative mess in the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
The IOC took control of the Olympics qualification process, which will now start next year with the Asian qualifiers in February.

Sourabh enter quarterfinals at Vietnam Open; Siril, Shubhankar lose

A gritty Sourabh Verma dug deep to get the better off Japan's Yu Igarashi and enter the men's singles quarterfinals of the Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 tournament on Thursday.

The second seeded Indian edged out Igarashi 25-23 24-22 to set up a quarterfinal clash with local favourite Tien Minh Nguyen.

Earlier, Sourabh, who had received a bye in the opening round, had defeated Japan's Kodai Naraoka 22-20 22-20 in the men's singles second round.

Sourabh, the reigning national champion, emerged as the lone Indian in the fray following the ouster of Siril Verma and Shubhankar Dey earlier in the day.

Siril, who is ranked 97th in the world, stunned top seed and world number 22 Darren Liew of Malaysia 17-21 21-19 21-12 in a second round duel.

But the Indian could not get past China's Lei Lan Xi in the pre-quarterfinals, going down 12-21 15-21 in a one-sided contest.

The third seeded Shubhankar Dey had also suffered a 11-21 17-21 defeat at the hands of unseeded Malaysian Jia Wei Tan.

India's campaign also ended in the men's doubles event after the pair of Arun George and Sanyam Shukla lost 13-21 11-21 to top seeds Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han of Chinese Taipei.

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