Manoj rules the roost, Thapa meets his match

Visakhapatnam,
Manoj Kumar claimed his second successive National Championships’gold but Shiva Thapa had to settle for a silver on the final day of the premier domestic boxing event here today.

Kumar (69kg), competing for the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), got the better of Services Sports Control Board’s (SSCB) Duryodhan Singh with a 4-1 decision to clinch his second successive gold at the event.

Thapa, another defending champion, however, lost on a split verdict to SSCB’s Manish Kaushik, and had to settle for silver in the lightweight (60kg) category.

King’s Cup gold medallist Shyam Kumar (49kg), who was representing RSPB, pulled off a close 3-2 win over Mizoram’s Nt Lalbiakkima in the final to claim the top honours.

Jangra clinches gold
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mandeep Jangra, who was competing for RSPB, won his maiden national title in the middleweight category (75kg) by outpunching Mizoram’s Vanhlimpuia 5-0. Asian Games bronze medallist Satish, who turned up for SSCB, defeated Haryana’s Parvin Kumar 5-0 to claim the super heavyweight (+91kg) gold.

In the other bouts of the day, SSCB’s Madan Lal became the bantamweight (56kg) champion after edging past Goa’s Santosh Harijan 3-2 in a hard-fought contest. The light welterweight (64kg) crown went to SSCB’s Dheeraj Rangi. Rangi did not need to even step inside the ring as his rival, Basant Thapa of Madhya Pradesh, gave him a walkover owing to an injury he picked up in his previous bout.  Similar was the case of Manish Panwar, who clinched the 81kg gold following a walkover from Delhi”s Neel Kamal. Haryana fetched just one gold medal in this edition with Naman winning the heavyweight (91kg) gold with a 5-0 win over Himachal Pradesh’s Varinder Kumar.

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