New Delhi, Jul 20 : Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63 kg) became the first Indian to grab gold at the President's Cup boxing event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Saturday.
Thapa was given a walkover after his opponent, two-time Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Zakir Safiullin of Kazakhstan, could not enter the ring for the summit clash after suffering a forehead injury in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, in 60 kg category 19-year-old Parveen who clinched the bronze at the India Open and at the Cologne Boxing World Cup, the young talent made rapid strides to shock women’s world championships bronze medallist Karina Ibragimova 3-2 in the semi-finals.
In the final, however, she came up short against Kazakhstan’s Nations Cup gold medallist Rimma Volosenko 0-5 to settle for the silver. In 69kg, Duryodhan Singh Negi lost 1-4 to Kazakhstan’s Shayken Talgat in the semi-finals while Saweety Bora too endured the same fate in 75kg against Russia’s Elena Gapeshina to get the bronze.
Indian boxers finished their campaign on a high with 1 gold, 1 silver and two bronze medals. (UNI)