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Sumit, Nikhat strike gold at Belgrade Boxing

April 29, 2018 10:53 IST

Sumit Sangwan

IMAGE: India’s Sumit Sangwan. left, defeated  Ecuador's Castillo Torres by a unanimous 5-0 verdict. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Nikhat Zareen (51kg) were among three gold medallists in India's stupendous campaign at the 56th Belgrade International Boxing Tournament in Serbia.

India ended the tournament with three gold, five silver and five bronze medals.


Continuing his fine comeback from a wrist injury, Sumit, an Asian silver-medallist, defeated Ecuador's Castillo Torres by a unanimous 5-0 verdict to claim top honours on Saturday night.

Former junior World champion Nikhat, also returning to action after recovering from a shoulder injury, beat Greece's Koutsoeorgopoulou Aikaterini 5-0 to pick up a morale-boosting gold.

Also winning a gold was Himanshu Sharma (49kg), who defeated Algeria's Mohammed Touareg 5-0 in his final bout.

Signing off with silver medals among women were Jamuna Boro (54kg) and Ralte Lalfakmawii (+81kg).

While Jamuna lost to local favourite Andjela Brankovic 1-4, Lalfakmawii went down 2-3 to Turkey's Demir Sennur.

In the men's draw, Laldinmawia (52kg), Varinder Singh (56kg) and Pawan Kumar (69kg) had to be content with silver medals.

Laldinmawia was beaten 0-5 by Korea's Kim Inkyn, Varinder lost 2-3 to Brazillian Arilson Goncalves.

Pawan was also defeated in a split verdict, going down 1-4 to Croatia's Petar Cetinic.

Earlier, Narender (+91kg) had fetched a bronze in the men's competition.

In the women's competition, Rajesh Narwal (48kg), Priyanka Thakur (60kg), Rumi Gogoi (75kg) and Nirmala Rawat (81kg) had settled for bronze medals.

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