Vijender loses in World Boxing semis, settles with Bronze

Updated: 12 September 2009 13:21 IST

Vijender Singh failed to better the bronze he had ensured for India as he lost 3-7 to Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev

Vijender Singh failed to better the bronze he had ensured for India as he lost 3-7 to Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev in the middle weight semifinals of the World Boxing Championships in Milan, Italy on Saturday.

But even in defeat, the top-seeded Indian achieved a historic feat by becoming India's first medal winner at the mega-event.

Vijender led 1-0 in the opening round but Atoev, a former light heavy weight world champion, staged a brilliant comeback in the next three minutes to blank the Indian 5-0 and take a 5-1 overall lead.

The third and final round ended 2-2 but the slight late recovery was not enough for the world number two to clinch the bout.

"Obviously, I am a disappointed. But I am glad that I managed to break the jinx for India," said the 23-year-old Haryana boxer.

Vijender had earlier beaten Atoev in the Asian Championships in June in China

Topics : Boxing
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