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Vijender gets silver at Champion of Champions in China

india Updated: Feb 02, 2010 23:11 IST
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Olympic hero Vijender Singh broke the bronze jinx and fetched one of India's two silver medals at the two-day Champion of Champions invitational boxing tournament in Guangzhou, China today.

The 24-year-old Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist, who was bestowed the Khel Ratna award last year, lost 0-6 to China's Zhang Jin Ting in the in the middle weight (75kg) category final.

The other silver medal for India came through Olympian Dinesh Kumar, who settled for silver in 81kg after losing 2-10
to Chinese Meng Fan Long.

This was Vijender's second career loss to Zhang. The last time he got something better then a bronze at an international
tourney was in the 2007 Asian Championships in Mongolia where he had clinched a silver medal.

"I am a bit disappointed that I lost to him again. The last time too I lost to him in China but it was a much closer
affair and I lost by just a point at that time," Vijender, who also got $1,000 as prize money, told PTI over phone.

"But I am glad to have broken the bronze jinx. Also, it was good preparation for the Commonwealth Championship in March. It was fun to be back in the ring after a long gap," the Bhiwani boxer, who had not competed since the World Championship in September last year, added.