CWG 2018: Indian Boxers Assured of a Rich Haul of Medals
In men’s boxing at Gold Coast, India is assured of a medal in eight weight categories out of a total of ten.
As the Commonwealth Games 2018 enters its last leg, India’s good show in Gold Coast is going to get a shoot in the arm, courtesy the boxing contingent. As of now, eight boxers are assured of a medal in their categories. After the rich haul of nine medals in 16 events in weightlifting, boxing is the second competition where India is enjoying a total dominance.
In weightlifting, India has won five gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals.
With nine medals assured, Gold Coast 2018 will now be the best outing for Indian pugilists. Before this, the Indian boxing contingent had won seven medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, which included three golds and four bronze.
Till now, only MC Mary Kom has booked her place in the final of the women’s 45kg – 48kg boxing event.
In boxing, you are assured of a medal once you qualify for the semi-finals. Both losing semi-finalists take home Bronze medals.
Here is a look at the boxers from the Indian contingent who have been assured of a medal:
1. MC Mary Kom (Women’s 45 kg-48 kg)
Even before the start of the tournament it was announced that Mary Kom would have to register a single win to be assured of a medal. Kom, who is making her Commonwealth Games debut, had an easy win 5-0 over Scotland’s Megan Gordon in the quarterfinals. In the semis too, Mary Kom had an unanimous win against Sri Lankan Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwakku.
Mary Kom would be taking on Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the gold medal match on 14 April (Saturday).
2. Amit (Men’s 46 kg-49 kg)
Amit took down Ghana’s Tetteh Sulemanu in the round of 16 before moving into the quarterfinals, where he defeated Scotsman Aqeel Ahmed to punch his way to the semis. On 13 April (Friday), Amit will face Jumo Miiro from Uganda to book a spot in the final.
3. Gaurav Solanki (Men’s 52 kg)
After beating Papua New Guinea’s Charles Keama 5-0 in the quarterfinals, Gaurav Solanki will be fighting for a place in the final against Sri Lanka’s M Vidanalange Ishan Bandara on 13 April (Friday).
4. Hussamuddin Mohammad (Men’s 56 kg)
Hussamuddin beat Vanuatu’s Boe Warawara in the round of 16 and later went on to win against Everisto Mulenga of Zambia. He will be playing his semi-final match against England’s Peter Mcgrail on 13 April (Friday).
5. Vikas Krishnan (Men’s 60 kg)
In the round of 16, Vikas beat Campbell Somerville of Australia to qualify for the quarters. The Asian Games Bronze medalist has qualified for the semi-finals after he got the better off Zambia’s Benny Muziyo in the quarter-final bout. In the semis he would be facing Northern Ireland’s Steven Donnelly on 13 April (Friday).
6. Manish Kaushik (Men’s 60 kg)
Manish out-witted England European Championships bronze-medalist Callum Frencch to move into the semi-finals and be assured of a medal. He will be up against Northern Ireland's James McGivern in his semi-final clash on 13 April (Friday).
7. Manoj Kumar (Men’s 69 kg)
Manoj Kumar had to compete in the round of 32 to book a place in the later stages of the competition. In the round of 32, he took down Nigeria’s Osita Umeh. Then he went onto beat Kasim Mbundwike from Tanzania in the round of 16. In the quarters, Australia’s Terry Nickolas was at the receiving end of Manoj Kumar’s heroics. Now, he will take on England’s Pat McCormack in the semis on 13 April (Friday). Manoj had won gold in 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in the 64 kg category.
8. Naman Tanwar (Men’s 91 kg)
19-year-old Naman beat Tanzania’s Haruna Mhando convincingly in the round of 16. Moving into the quarters, Naman won against Samoa’s Frank Masoa to go into the semi-finals. Now, he will face Jason Whateley of Australia for his penultimate bout of the tournament on 13 April (Friday).
9. Satish Kumar (Men’s 91+ kg)
Like Mary Kom, Asian Games bronze medallist Satish Kumar had a direct entry into the quarterfinals where he defeated Nigel Paul from Trinidad and Tobago to enter the semis. Keddy Agnes from Seychelles will be Satish’s opponent in the semi-finals on 13 April (Friday).
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