Pugilists claim two golds in Germany

Updated: 26 June 2008 16:04 IST

Indian boxers dominated the Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany with the Olympic qualified duo of Vijender (75kg) and Jitender (51kg) grabbing gold medals.

Pugilists claim two golds in Germany
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New Delhi:

Indian boxers dominated the Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany with the Olympic qualified duo of Vijender (75kg) and Jitender (51kg) grabbing gold medals in the event.

Apart from these two, Sanjay Kumar, who was participating his first international tournament, clinched the silver medal in the 60kg category.

Besides, two other Olympic qualified boxers -- A L Lakra (57kg) and Dinesh Kumar (81kg) -- and Parminder (81kg) won bronze medals to make it a memorable outing for the nine-member Indian team, which had gone there as part of its build-up for Beijing.

The event, which concluded last night, was competed by Olympic qualified boxers of some countries like hosts Germany and Russia.

An elated coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said the tournament gave his wards good exposure.

"It was a good experience and I always knew that my boys will do well. Jitender beat two Olympic qualified boxers while Vijender also beat some tough rivals to win the gold medals," Sandhu said from Halle.

The coach also denied reports that Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar (54kg) had hurt himself during the training there.

Media reports had stated that Akhil's recurring wrist injury had forced his pullout from the tourney but Sandhu said the Asian Championship bronze medallist was merely rested and had not aggravated his injury as reported.

"Akhil is fine. He took part in eight drill bouts here and since this tournament holds little significance we decided to rest him. There is no truth to reports that he has hurt himself," he said.

Akhil himself was surprised by the fuss created by his pull-out from the tourney.

"I am surprised because I have not hurt myself. My wrist is recovering well and there is nothing to worry.

"I trained hard but decided to skip the tourney because it is not all the important, not because I had hurt myself," he said.

The team returns to the country late on Sunday.

Topics : Boxing
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