South Asian Games 2019: India ends boxing campaign with 16 medals

India won a rich haul of 12 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze in boxing at the South Asian Games.

Pinki Rani beat Nepal’s Rai Mala 3-2 to win the gold in the 51kg category.   -  Special Arrangement

Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Pinki Rani (51kg) won gold medals as the Indian boxing contingent finished its campaign with 16 medals at the 13th South Asian Games here on Tuesday.

In men’s category, Sparsh Kumar (52kg) and Narender (+91kg) also bagged the yellow metal, while women’s pugilists Sonia Lather (57kg) and Manju Bamboriya (64kg) also contributed to India’s gold medal tally. India won a rich haul of 12 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze in boxing.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishan, who also won the bronze at the 2018 Asian Games, completed his comeback in style with a resounding 5-0 win over Pakistan’s Gul Zaib in 69kg.

In the superheavyweight (+91kg) category, Narender was equally impressive as he cruised to a 5-0 victory over Nepal’s Ashish Duwadi.

Sparsh Kumar (52kg) was made to work hard for the gold by Pakistan’s Syed Muhammad Asif. After a slow start, the Indian found his rhythm and landed a flurry of punches to emerge a 4-1 winner.

Varinder Singh (60kg) was the only Indian to suffer a defeat on the final day of the competition.

Nepal’s Sanil Shahi refused to break down in a gruelling bout that saw both the boxers fighting tooth and nail. Shahi eventually edged the Indian 3-2 to take the gold.

All the women pugilists in action on Tuesday won the gold.

Former World Championships silver medallist Sonia (57kg) hardly broke a sweat and easily dominated her final bout against Sri Lanka’s Krismi Ayoma Dulanj Lankapurayalage 5-0 to finish on the top podium.

2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Pinki (51kg) and Manju Bamboriya (64kg) both displayed tremendous fighting spirit and resilience to bag the gold in hard-fought encounters.

While Rani beat Nepal’s Rai Mala 3-2, Bamboriya edged past Nepal’s Punam Rawal by the same scoreline.

On Monday, India had captured six golds through Ankit Khatana (75kg), Vinod Tanwar (49kg), Sachin (56kg), Gaurav Chauhan (91kg), Kalaivani Srinivasan (48kg) and Parveen (60kg).