Indian challenge comes to an end

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

India's challenge in Asian Games boxing ended without a medal today, with all the four pugilists losing their quarter-final bouts.

Indian challenge comes to an end

Busan:

India's challenge in Asian Games boxing ended without a medal today, with all the four pugilists losing their quarter-final bouts. After the premature exits of Bangkok Asian Games gold medallist Dingko Singh and Commonwealth Games gold winner Mohammad Ali Qamar, India's medal hopes hinged on the performance of the four quarter-finalists - Ramanand, Sanjay Kumar, Jiteder Kumar and Verghese Johnson. But all four of them were shown the door by their much stronger opponents in rather one-sided encounters. Johnson was the only Indian to put up some resistance as he gave a tough fight to Syria's Naser Alshami in the heavyweight (91kg) category. However, the Syrian maintained a slender lead in all the four rounds and ultimately emerged an 18-14 winner. Jitender Kumar, who was billed as a strong medal contender in the middleweight (75kg) category, was totally clueless against Kazakhstan's Baurzhan Kairmenov, who recorded a comfortable 28-7 victory to romp into the semi-finals. Jitender Kumar tried to go into the offensive from the very first round but left his face open, allowing the wily Kazakh to score points at a brisk pace. The Kazakh was also very swift in his movements, catching the Indian on the wrong foot time and again. Another medal aspirant Ramanand also had to bite the dust in the quarter-finals of the 60kg category where he fell prey to Kazakhstan's Ruslan Mussinov. The verdict was 37-24 in favour of the Kazakh boxer. After trailing by a huge margin in the first two rounds, Ramanand made an effort to reduce the gap in the subsequent rounds by unleashing a flurry of punches but his rival was not rattled and maintained his lead right through. Sanjay Kumar was a big disappointment in the welterweight (67kg) quarter-finals as he failed to earn even a single point against South Korea's Jung Joo Kim and lost by an embarrassing 0-15 margin. (PTI)

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