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Vijender fails to ensure final berth, loses to Uzbek

Vijender Singh failed to better the bronze he had ensured for India as he lost 3-7 to Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev in the middle weight semifinals of the World Boxing Championships in Milan, Italy on Friday. But even in defeat, the top-seeded Indian achieved a historic feat by becoming India's first medal winner at the mega-event.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2009 02:42 IST

Vijender Singh failed to better the bronze he had ensured for India as he lost 3-7 to Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev in the middle weight semifinals of the World Boxing Championships in Milan, Italy on Friday.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/images/vijender-kumar.jpgBut even in defeat, the top-seeded Indian achieved a historic feat by becoming India's first medal winner at the mega-event.

Vijender led 1-0 in the opening round but Atoev, a former light heavy weight world champion, staged a brilliant comeback in the next three minutes to blank the Indian 5-0 and take a 5-1 overall lead.

The third and final round ended 2-2 but the slight late recovery was not enough for the world number two to clinch the bout.

"Obviously, I am a disappointed. But I am glad that I managed to break the jinx for India," said the 23-year-old Haryana boxer.

Vijender had earlier beaten Atoev in the Asian Championships in June in China.