Railways sweep Nationals, Haryana teen Vikas 'Best Boxer'

Last Updated : 16 July 2010, 15:55 IST
Last Updated : 16 July 2010, 15:55 IST

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RSPB swept the overall tally with four gold, two silver and three bronze medals to continue their dominance in the national circuit.

Haryana finished a distant second with two gold and three bronze medals. The Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) was third in the overall list with two gold, two silver and an equal number of bronze medals.

SSCB's Manpreet Singh (91kg), the defending champion who signed off with a bronze this year, was adjudged the 'Best Loser' of the event.

But it was giant-killer Vikas, who became the cynosure of all eyes with yet another upset win. Fighting his namesake from the Indian Boxing Federation-A, the 18-year-old emerged 3-1 triumphant, impressing with his counter-punching and defensive tactics.
En route to the finals, the lanky teen had beaten Olympian Diwakar Prasad and international medallist Rakesh Kalaskar.

Vikas, who is preparing for the Youth Olympics to be held next month in Singapore, might get a call to the national camp in Patiala after the 2010 Commonwealth Games core group is reshuffled based on the performance in the Nationals here.

The day began with former Commonwealth champion Sunil Kumar (Haryana) taking on former world cadet champion Vipin Kumar (Uttar Pradesh) in the light fly weight final.
Sunil had little trouble putting it past Vipin, who struggled to match the sheer power of his more experienced rival before losing 0-7.

In the fly weight division, inexperienced Railways' boxer Sanjay Singh put on a brave fight against Madan Lal of Haryana in perhaps the most exciting bout of the day.
Both the boxers traded punches cautiously and were tied 5-5 in the regulation 11 minutes. To make it more nerve-wrecking, the duo were sealed 10-10 in the individual score count as well.

But the five judges officiating in the bout voted 4-1 in favour of Madan, leaving Sanjay in tears although the silver that he got was his maiden medal at the Senior Nationals.
Allegations of biased judging flew thick and fast but the Railways ultimately decided against filing a protest.

Published 16 July 2010, 15:55 IST

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