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Strandja Memorial Boxing: Amit Panghal and Sachin Siwach strike gold; Nikhat Zareen bags silver

In a commanding performance, Panghal landed powerful punches and Tashkenbay simply had no answers

PTI Sofia (Bulgaria) Published 12.02.24, 05:45 AM
Amit Panghal pulled off a 5-0 triumph over Kazakhstan’s Sanzhar Tashkenbay on Sunday.

Amit Panghal pulled off a 5-0 triumph over Kazakhstan’s Sanzhar Tashkenbay on Sunday. Picture courtesy BFI

World Championship medallist Amit Panghal and Sachin Siwach won a gold each, while Nikhat Zareen and three other Indians signed off with silver medals at the 75th Strandja Memorial tournament here on Sunday.

The 2019 Worlds silver medallist Panghal (51kg) pulled off a dominating 5-0 triumph over Kazakhstan's Sanzhar Tashkenbay in the men's flyweight final.

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Sachin (57kg), a world youth champion, changed the colour of his medal from last edition's bronze to gold as he out-punched Uzbekistan's Shakhzod Muzafarov by a similar 5-0 verdict.

However, two-time world champion Zareen (50kg), Arundhati Choudhary (66kg), Barun Singh Shagolshem (48kg) and Rajat (67kg) settled for silver medals after going down in their respective bouts.

In a commanding performance, Panghal landed powerful punches and Tashkenbay simply had no answers.

Panghal had clinched the bronze medal in 2017 while winning back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.

Zareen went down to 20-year-old Sabina Bobokulova of Uzbekistan, who beat Asian Games champion Wu Yu in the light flyweight semifinals.

National champion Arundhati went down 1-4 to reigning world champion Liu Yang of China in the 66kg final, while Barun lost to Khodzhiev Anvarzhan of Kyrgyzstan.

High jumper Tejaswin Shankar bags gold in Belgium

New Delhi: Tejaswin Shankar, the national record holder in high jump, won the top prize in the International High Jump Gala Elmos 2024 athletics meet in Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium, with a leap of 2.23 metres.

Shankar, competing for the first time since October last year, finished ahead of Greece’s Antonios Merlos (2.20 metres) in the World Athletics Indoor Tour Challenger event on Saturday.

The 25-year-old, who holds both the men’s high jump and decathlon national records, however, could not better his personal best of 2.29m.

Shankar is also focusing on decathlon and had won bronze and silver in the discipline in the Asian Championships and Asian Games last year.

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