Vijender fails to make history; crashes out of Olympics

Vijender Singh left millions of Indians heartbroken after losing to Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev in the quarterfinals of the middleweight competition

While India was expecting him to repeat his performance from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and claiming a second straight Olympic boxing bronze medal. the Indian pugilist disappointed losing 13-17 to his Uzbek opponent.

Vijender Singh
Vijender Singh in action during his pre-quarterfinals. Pic/AFP

wasn’t really impressive during his last eight bout against an opponent whom he had beaten 7-0 in the Asian Games final at Guangzhou two years back.

A defensive boxer by nature, Vijender stayed in his shell a tad too long giving Atoev a chance to make inroads, which proved to be decisive in the end.

Atoev’s left and right hook combination also fetched him more points than the Indian’s right hooks that occasionally landed on spot.

In the first round both boxers were locked at 3-3. However, in the second round, Vijender rattled Atoev with a lethal left hook but the Uzbek came up with a few solid counter punches as he won the round 7-5.

The two-point cushion proved good enough as the winner started the third round with a bang as his right hook landed flush on Vijender’s face to help him consolidate his lead. He held onto it as he scored another seven points in the third round and clinched the issue with a 17-13 scoreline.

The 26-year-old had made the quarters after having gained a narrow 16-15 win over Terrell Gausha of the United States in the second round at London's Excel Arena on Thursday.

At the 2008 Games in Beijing, the Bhiwani lad had became the first Indian to win an Olympic boxing medal and admitted after Thursday's bout it had been a job to give himself a chance of another podium place.

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