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Asian boxing: Sanjeet wins gold, Thapa, Panghal beaten in finals

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Dubai: Sanjeet on Monday won the gold medal in the men’s 91kg event at the Asian Boxing Championships after upsetting 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist and three-time Asian champion Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan 4-1.

Amit Panghal (52kg) and Shiva Thapa (64kg) lost close finals to finish with silver medals.

Panghal went down fighting 2-3 against reigning Olympic and world champion Zoirov Shakhobidin of Uzbekistan.

The Indian put up a great fight but it wasn’t enough, losing 29-28, 28-29, 28-29, 28-29, 30-27.

Thapa too suffered a close defeat by split 2-3 decision against Asian Games silver medallist Mongolia’s Baatarsukh Chinzorig.

Thapa, the World Championships bronze medallist, is only the second male boxer in the world to win five medals at the Asian Championships. The 27-year-old Assam boxer had won gold in 2013, silver in 2017 and two bronze in 2015 and 2019.

The 19-member Indian contingent has secured an unprecedented 15 medals and ensured the country’s best-ever show, surpassing the previous best of 13 medals (2 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze) won in the 2019 edition in Bangkok.

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