Yuki bags silver, boxer Vikas assured of a medal in YOG

Yuki bags silver, boxer Vikas assured of a medal in YOG

India were also assured of a medal in boxing with Vikas Krishan reaching the semifinal in boys 60kg after defeating Hrayr Matevosyan of Armenia 7-2. Yuki, who had stunned second seeded Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina en route to the final, was trailing 1-4 against Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia in the third and deciding set when he retired hurt and conceded the match 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 1-4 at Kallang Tennis Centre.

"Ended up on losing side. It is unfortunate to cramp in such a big match. I would have liked to try and go ahead but could not. I thank all of you, especially Indians, for cheering me. I will have to be happy with just a silver this time but hopefully gold next time," Yuki said after the match. With Yuki's silver, India's medal tally now stands at four -- three silver and a bronze.

Wrestler Pooja Dhanda had bagged a silver in women's 60kg freestyle while Kadian Satyawart fetched a bronze in men's 100kg freestyle. Shuttler HS Prannoy also fetched a silver. In 60kg boys preliminary round boxing, youth world champion Vikas had a strong opponent in Matevosyan.

At the end of round one the scoreline read 1-1. But in second round, Vikas made intelligent moves by side stepping tactically as directed by coach G Manoharan whereby his opponent's defence was opened and the Indian took a 6-1 lead.

In the third round, Vikas scored one more point and maintained his lead to win with a final score of 7-2. "It was an easy bout. I had stronger opponents at the Indian Elite Championships, and I want to win this Youth Olympics. My bigger goal is the London Olympic Games in 2012," said Vikas after his bout.

Vikas now meets his Youth World Championship silver medalist opponent Petrauskas Evaldas of Lithuania in the semifinals tomorrow. India's other entry Shiva Thapa, a silver medallist at Youth World Championships in 54kg, got a bye and moved into semifinals. He meets Zack Davies of Great Britain tomorrow.

In boys 55kg judo, Subash Yadav missed a bronze as he lost to Dmytro Atanov of Ukraine in the third place play-off. Earlier in the day, the Indian had beaten Diau Bauro of Fiji before losing to Mansurkhuja Muminkhujaev of Uzbekistan.

In women's 44kg judo, Neha Thakur lost her Repechage A final to Yoana Damyanova of Bulgaria. In table tennis, Avik Das lost both his boys preliminary round matches while Mallika Bhandarkar won one and lost two of her group matches.

In girls 5000m walk race final, Khushbir Kaur finished a disappointing 13th with an effort of 25:30.27s.

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