Indian boxer Deepak entered the men’s light flyweight finals but Olympian K. T. Irfan missed out on a bronze medal after finishing fourth in the 20km race walk event at the Seventh CISM World Military Games in Wuhan, China, on Friday.
Deepak outboxed Azerbaijan’s Alizada Salman in their semifinal bout to win a 5-0 unanimous decision. He will face Kazakhstan’s Zhussupov Temirtas in the 49kg final on Saturday.
In the men’s bantamweight, Chirag (56kg) lost 1-4 to Mongolia’s Kharkhuu Enkh Amar in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Indian sprinter Jinson Johnson qualified for the men’s 1,500m final with a timing of 3:56.17 in heat 2 of the preliminary round.
The Indian quartet of Jithu Baby, Harsh Kumar, Jabir Madari Palliyalil and Kunju Muhammed Puthanpurakk made it to the men’s 4x400m relay final after clocking 3:13.17 in the preliminary round on Friday.
In tennis, Sriram Balaji lost 3-6 4-6 to China’s Zhang Zhi Zhen in the men’s singles semifinals.
Earlier, Irfan had clocked 1:25.09s to finish the 20km race walk in fourth spot. China’s Xu Hao clinched the gold with a timing of 1:22.18s, while the silver and bronze medals went to Ukraine’s Shumik Victor (1:23.18s) and Slovakia’s Uradnik Miroslav (1:24.16s), respectively.
Irfan, who has a personal best as well as national record of 1:20.21s that he registered during his 10th place finish at the 2012 London Olympics, had already qualified for next year’s Tokyo Games by finishing fourth in the event at the Asian Race Walking Championships in March. The 29-year-old had clocked 1:20.57s to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1:21.0s.
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