Vikas wins boxing gold for India after 12 years at Asiad
Guangzhou: Teen sensation Vikas Krishan ended Indian boxing’s 12-year-old gold medal drought in the Asian Games by winning the lightweight (60kg) title but Dinesh Kumar (81kg) settled for the silver after losing in the finals here today.
The 18-year-old Vikas stunned defending champion Qing Hu of China 5-4 in the lightweight 60kg final that was low on thrill as the Indian decided to play defensive.
World Youth champion and a bronze-medallist at the inaugural Youth Olympics, Vikas kept a shell guard which ultimately proved impregnable for his rival. With scores tied 1-1 at the end of the first three minutes, Hu pushed Vikas out of sheer frustration in the second round and was handed a warning which cost him crucial two points.
The warning ultimately proved decisive as the two boxers could manage just one scoring punch each in the final round, which was just enough for Vikas to repeat Dingko’s feat.
However, Dinesh proved no match for defending champion Uzbek Elshod Rasulov and lost 4-10.
The Arjuna awardee was on the backfoot from the word go as Rasulov took the attack to him with a combination of powerful bodyblows and well-timed jabs. Dinesh’s attempted uppercuts could neither break Rasulov’s defence nor fetch him any points.
Leading 1-0 in the opening round, Rasulov went on a rampage in the next two rounds and Dinesh found it extremely tough to keep pace with the proceedings. Olympic and World Championship bronze-medallist Vijender Singh (75kg), V Santhosh Kumar (64kg) and Manpreet Singh (91kg) are the other three Indian boxers who would be fighting for gold tomorrow.
In the 2006 Asiad, India had won a couple of bronze medals and the current performance is a marked improvement from that edition as three more pugilists from the country are scheduled to fight their final bouts tomorrow.