Thursday, August 21, 2008

Beijing Olympics: All eyes on Vijender now

BOXER VIJENDAR Kumar started a new era in Indian sports on Wednesday (August 20), when he entered the semifinal of men’s 75kg middle weight category of the boxing event in Olympics. Vijender, the Bhiwani boxer, defeated Carlos Gongora of Ecuador in the quarterfinal with the final score 9-4.

By winning the match Vijender has assured another medal for India.

Vijender had a good start, winning the opening round 2-0. He also pocketed the second round 2-1. The third round also went to him 3-2 and so did the fourth 2-1.

Vijender stormed into the last eight after overwhelming Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand 13-3 in a lop-sided pre-quarterfinal bout on Saturday (August 16).

Earlier, he thoroughly dominated his opening bout against Gambia’s Jack Badou, scoring a 13-2 win.

With one gold (of shooter Abhinav Bindra) and one bronze (of wrestler Sushil Kumar) and one yet undecided medal of Vijender, makes it India’s best ever performance in Olympic Games.

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