Indian men, women dominate in boxing semifinals

India, as expected, entered the finals in all seven weight categories of men and three in women in the boxing event of the 12th South Asian Games here on Sunday.

Sarita Devi (right) throws a punch at Nepal's Rana Saraswati.   -  M. Moorthy

India, as expected, entered the finals in all seven weight categories of men and three in women in the boxing event of the 12th South Asian Games here on Sunday.

Rising stars in the international men’s firmament, Shiva Thapa (56 Kg), Vikas Krishan (75), Devendro Singh (49) and Mandeep Jangra (69) routed their opponents to progress to the summit clash.

Reigning Asian champion Shiva scripted a comprehensive 3-0 win over AIBA world championship medallist Ohiduzzaman Md. of Bangladesh in the bantam weight class.

The 21-year-old Mandeep outplayed Ruwangala Sisra of Sri Lanka 3-0 to power his way to the final of the welter category. Devendro dominated in all the three bouts for a comprehensive 3-0 victory against Tjowama Ranasinghe of Sri Lanka. Vikas Krishan, a World championship bronze medallist like Shiva Thapa, defeated Folad S. Wali of Afghanistan 3-0.

Of the Indians in the men’s category, only Madan Lal encountered some sort of resistance from Nazari Md. Arif of Afghanistan. Madan lost the first round (29-28) but went on to win the second and third rounds, 30-27, 29-28.

Tight encounter

The women’s light weight category saw Sarita Devi take on Rana Saraswati of Nepal. In what was a closely fought encounter, the Indian won 3-0 with the scores in the three rounds being 40-36, 40-36, 40-34.

Five-time world champion Mary Kom received a thunderous applause when she entered the fly weight category. The London Olympics bronze medallist won the bout in quick time, securing a technical knockout in the first round against Shamima Akter of Bangladesh.

The men’s finals have been scheduled on Monday and the women’s on Tuesday. India would be eying, quite justifiably, all the 10 gold medals at stake.

In taekwondo, India managed just one gold, two silver and one bronze medals. Purva Dixit beat Nepal’s Y. K. Chaulagain in the women’s 49kg category to win the solitary gold in taekwondo where Afghanistan leads the medals tally.

The results (Semifinals):

Boxing (Indians unless otherwise specified):

Men: Lightfly (46-49 kg): Sharifi Farhad (Afg) lost to Mohib Ulla (Pak) 3-0; Devendro Singh bt Tjowama Ranasinghe (Srl) 3-0; bantam (56 Kg): M.K. Shukrollah (Afg) lost to W. Ruwan Thilina (Sri) (Technical knockout) Rd1; Md. Ohiduzzaman (Ban) lost to Shiva Thapa 3-0; lightwelter (64 Kg): Manoj Kumar bt Tshering Wangchuk (Bhu) 3-0; Shreshta Deepak (Nep) lost to Dinidu Saparamadu (Srl) 3-0; middle (75 Kg): Folad S Wali Shah (Afg) lost to Vikash Krishan 3-0; Tashi Norbu (Bhu) los to Ahmed Tanveer (Pak) 3-0; fly (52 Kg): Syed Md. Asif bt Ishan Sanjeewa Bandara (Sri) 2-1; Nazari Md. Arif (Afg) lost to Madan Lal 2-1; light (60 Kg): Gayan Sanjeewa (Srl) lost to Ahmed Ali (Pak) 3-0; Dheeraj bt Khibar Nooristani (Afg) 3-0; welter (69 Kg): Rahemi Alla Das (Afg) bt Rahim Md. Abdur (Ban) Technical Knockout Rd1; Ruwangala Gedra Sisira (Sri) lost to Mandeep Jangra 3-0.

Women: fly (48-51 Kg): M.C. Mary Kom bt Akter Shamina (Ban) Technical knockout Rd 2; Gurung Minu (Nep) lost to K.Anusha Dilrukshi (Sri) 3-0; middle (69-75): Andaraweer Nilanthi (Sri) bt Khandokr Basona (Ban) Technical knockout Rd1; Javed Sofiya (Pak) lost to Pooja Rani TKO Rd 1; light (57-60 Kg): M. Vidushika Prabadhi (Sri) bt Perveen Ruksan (Pak) TKO Rd3; Sarita Devi bt Rana Saraswati (Nep) 3-0.