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Vijender a win away from medal

Indian boxer Vijender Singh will be in action Monday with a win in their respective quarterfinal bouts assuring them of at least a bronze medal.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2012 02:55 IST

Indian boxer Vijender Singh will be in action Monday with a win in their respective quarterfinal bouts assuring them of at least a bronze medal.

Vijender will repeat his bronze medal show from Beijing if he gets the better of Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev in the 75 kg quarterfinals. Atoev is a former world champion.


Vijender Singh moved into the quarter finals of the men's middle weight (75 kg) category with a nail-biting one-point victory over his American opponent at the ExCel Arena in London on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Vijender, the bronze medallist of the Beijing Olympic Games, scraped past Terrell Gausha with a 16-15 verdict in the thrilling contest of skill and strategy.

Spurred on by a vociferous crowd which kept chanting "India, India", Vijender took a slender one point lead after the first round which ultimately was the decisive factor for the Indian to pip his American rival.

In the second round, Vijender allowed his opponent to come back a little bit as he left his guard open and, and though he landed a few punches, it was not enough to give him a clear lead. As a result, the second round ended with a 5-5 scoreline.

Vijender adapted a more attacking strategy in the third and final round but the American was equal to the task as he fended off the punches deftly and counter attacked fiercely.

(with PTI inputs)