Solanki, Kaushik get gold, India finish with six medals
New Delhi, May 5
Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik won gold medals in their respective categories as Indian boxers ended with a haul of six medals at the Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament. Apart from gold won by Solanki and Kaushik, Indian boxers won one silver and three bronze medals.
The 22-year-old Solanki easily outpunched England’s William Cawley 5-0 on his way to gold in the 52kg category. Solanki was in his element, showing glimpses of the form that brought him gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Chemistry Cup last year. Kaushik too was strong in his gold medal bout, against Morocco’s Mohamed Hamout, in the 60kg category. The 23-year-old Kaushik, winner of gold at the India Open and silver at the Commonwealth Games last year, was too sharp and agile for his Moroccan rival and won 4-1.
However, in the 56kg final, India’s Mohammed Hussamuddin had to taste disappointment. Hussamuddin, who started the 2019 season with a silver from the Gee Bee Boxing tournament, had to be content with another silver after a 1-4 defeat to Russia’s Mukhammad Shekhov. Hussamuddin had produced a strong show through the final but the result did not go his way.
Three other Indian pugilists had to settle for the bronze after losing their respective semifinal contests. In 69kg category semifinals, the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist and Arjuna Award-winner Mandeep Jangra went down 0-5 to Russia’s Vadim Musaev. In the 91kg class, Sanjeet lost to David Nyika of New Zealand by the identical score in the semifinals. In the 64kg class, Ankit Khatana gave his all but was edged 3-2 by Damian Durkacz of Poland in a tight semifinal clash.
The six-day competition saw boxers from all over the world participating in 10 categories in the men’s section and in five categories in the women’s section as they prepare for the World Championships later in the year.