New Delhi: A swollen face, a ligament injury in the left hand and a terribly groggy throat courtesy a bout of flu — Vijender Singh fought through all this to get a near-perfect birthday present for his son — a Commonwealth Games silver medal.
"It is my son's birthday tomorrow, so this medal is for him. It's his birthday present. A gold would have been better but even this silver, I dedicate it to him. He is my world," the 28-year-old boxer told PTI.
The former middleweight World No 1 lost to England's Antony Fowler in the final on Saturday to settle for his second silver medal in CWG. "I sustained an injury very soon into the bout.
It is a ligament injury in the left hand. It hampered me immensely and allowed him to get the upperhand but I feel I still managed to put up a decent fight in the last round," Vijender said.
"Trust me, the pain is quite a lot to take when you are constantly getting hit. The injury made me a little conscious also and that affected my overall plan. This (Sunday) morning, I woke up with a swollen face and my left hand is hurting badly," he added.
That's not all, the former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist was also down with flu since the quarter-final stage of the Games.
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Meanwhile, Mandeep Jangra (men's 69kg) settled for silver after losing to England's Scott Fitzgerald 3-0.
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