Vijender loses in semifinals

New Delhi: Beijing Olympics bronze medal winner Vijender Singh had to be content with a bronze in the European Grand Prix boxing in Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic, after going down 0-2 in the 75kg semifinal to European Championship silver medallist Victor Totiujanstsi of Moldova on Saturday.

Another Indian, Suranjoy Singh, advanced to the final of 51kg category with an 11-4 victory over Ireland’s Declan Geraghdy in the semifinals.

Earlier in the day, Vijender, competing in his first event after Beijing, had defeated P. Trikaliotis of Greece in just two rounds to reach the semifinals.

Two other Indians — Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Jai Bhagwan (60kg) — have also reached the semifinals, thereby assuring two more medals.

Manoj registered a victory over Scotland’s J. Thain, while Jai Bhagwan won on count-back after being tied 2-2 with Hungarian M. Varga.

However, Narjeet Singh (54kg) and Olympian A.L. Lakra (57kg) crashed out of the event after losing in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile Narjeet lost 4-11 to Australian L. Boyd, Lakra went down 1-7 against Armenian A. Hovhannisyan. — PTI

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