Sandeep storms into gold-medal round


Opening the day for India, Sandeep (46kg) defeated Javlonbek Eshmatov of Uzbekistan 8-4 to set up a summit clash with Armenian Koryun Soghomonyan.

Soghomonyan ousted Russia’s Mogomed Djabrailov with a comprehensive 10-4 win.
However, there was disappointment as Namit Bahadur (50kg), Vikas Khatri (54kg) and Shiva Thapa (52kg) lost in the semifinals to settle for bronze medals at the premier junior event of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

Namit lost 3-7 to Kazakhstan’s Talgat Bertleuov, Vikas Khatri (54kg) went down 2-5 to Yunior Ernesto Valdes Boleri of Cuba.

Later in the evening, Shiva, a gold medallist at last year’s Hyder Aliyev Cup, bowed out with a 4-8 defeat at the hands of Kazakh Yerbolat Seidalliyev.

Vikas and Valdes Boleri were tied 2-2, before Boleri notched up three points in the third round to clinch the issue.

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