Shiva, Sumitsettle for silver

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 May 2017 09:45:42


TASHKENT,

 FOURTH seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) became the first Indian boxer to clinch three consecutive Asian Championships medals, while Sumit Sangwan (91kg) notched up his maiden podium finish as both boxers settled for silver medals at the continental show piece here on Saturday.

Shiva, up against second seed and local favourite Elnur Abduraimov, lost in a split verdict after ahead-butt from his opponent resulted in a cut above his right eye.

It was in the final few seconds of the opening round when Shiva sustained the cut,forcing a stoppage by the referee.

Sumit, on the other hand, lost to Kazakhstan’s top-seeded Vassiliy Levit in aunanimous verdict. Levit is the silver- medallist from last year’s Rio Olympic Games.

For Shiva, it was a historic milestone as the silver is his third successive medal at the continental show piece after a gold in 2013and a bronze in the 2015 edition.

“I am happy to have achieved the twin target sofa medal as well as qualification for the World Championships.

“This is my first international medal in light weight and I always had the self-belief that I could achieve it,” Shiva told PTI.

The Assam-pugilist, a World Championships bronze- medallist in bantam weight(56kg),shifted to light weight in December last year.

He went on towin a gold medal at the National Championships before a couple of early losses in tournaments in Bulgaria and Thailand. “It was a big decision and I am gladIhave managed to prove myself. “I was very clearthat I wanted to compete in light weight and even though it didn’t go quite well in a couple of tournaments, I knew I could do it,he Said