Besides Shiva’s (56kg) gold, L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Mandeep Jangra (69kg) fetched silver medals while Manoj Kumar (64kg) settled for a bronze as the team finished joint second in the overall standings.
“Where is the time to celebrate and all, I will just take a short trip to home for 3-4 days and head straight back to Patiala (national camp) to prepare for the World Championships,” said the Assam-lad.
“Celebrations can happen later, now is the time to just focus and train as hard as we can because a World Championships medal is something else altogether,” added Thapa. The World Championships are scheduled from October 11 to 27 in Alamty, Kazakhstan.
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said: “None of my boys disappointed me. It’s a performance that I as a coach is very proud,” said Sandhu.
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