Panghal, Kaushik enter semis as India assured of unprecedented two medals

Updated: Sep 19, 2019, 11:07 IST | PTI |

However, Sanjeet (91kg), a former India Open gold-medallist, lost 1-4 to Ecuador's seventh-seeded Julio Castillo Torres in his semifinal bout. Torres is a Pan-American Games silver-medallist

Amit Panghal lands a punch on Carlo Paalam in the 51kg quarter-final bout at the World Boxing Championships in Russia yesterday. Pic/PTI
Amit Panghal lands a punch on Carlo Paalam in the 51kg quarter-final bout at the World Boxing Championships in Russia yesterday. Pic/PTI

Ekaterinburg (Russia): India were assured of an unprecedented two medals at the World Men's Boxing Championships after Amit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) entered the semi-finals of the marquee event with impressive victories here yesterday."

While Asian Games and championship gold-medallist Panghal defeated Filipino Carlo Paalam 4-1, Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Kaushik got the better of Brazil's Wanderson de Oliveira 5-0. Both the boxers sealed their maiden world medals.

However, Sanjeet (91kg), a former India Open gold-medallist, lost 1-4 to Ecuador's seventh-seeded Julio Castillo Torres in his semifinal bout. Torres is a Pan-American Games silver-medallist.

Manish Kaushik
Manish Kaushik

Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal in a single edition of the world championship. The overall medal count for the country stood at four bronze medals claimed by Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017).

The second-seeded Panghal, who had earlier defeated Paalam in the Asian Games semifinals last year, wasn't off to the best of starts and was trailing Paalam at the end of the opening round.

But the Armyman from Rohtak didn't take long to get his act together and become the more aggressive one in the next two rounds. "I started slow but I think I dominated the second and third round. I was told by my coaches to be aggressive and I tried to be that. I had fought against him earlier, so that gave me a fair idea of his gameplan as well," Panghal said.

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