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Boxers off to a flying start

other Updated: Jun 04, 2011 00:14 IST

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Indian boxers made a resounding start at the Giraldo Cordova Cardin Memorial Boxing Tournament with all four in action on the opening day advancing to the next round in Havana, Cuba.

Santosh Harijan (52kg), Kuldeep Singh (75), Manpreet Singh (91) and Paramjeet Samota (+91) clinched wins to enter the second round. Santosh staged a stunning comeback to upset local lad Orlandy. After trailing in first two rounds, Santosh came back strongly in the third. The 23-year-old managed to win 15-10. He will now take on Artur Cremildo from Mozambique in the next round.

In the middleweight category, reigning national champion Kuldeep ousted Aidarov of Kazakhstan 14-7. Paramjeet, gold-medallist at the Commonwealth Games, beat Cuban Manuel Martinez 25-6. Manpreet, silver-medallist at the 2010 Asian Games, also secured his place in the next round with a 14-8 win over Sammy Blyth of Australia.

Atwal opens with a 73 at the Memorial
Dublin, USA:
Indian golfer Arjun Atwal shot a lackluster one-over 73 to be tied 67th after the opening round of the PGA Tour's Memorial Golf Championship. Atwal sent down three birdies against four bogeys.

Rory McIlroy shared the lead with Chris Riley at six-under 66 at the Murifield course.

Delhi withdraw protest
Mumbai:
A day after lodging a protest against Chandigarh for fielding overage players, Delhi withdrew it on Friday in the under-17 boys National hockey championship underway here.

"As of now, none of the Chandigarh boys who were sent for medical tests have been disqualified and the earlier result of 3-1 stands in favour of Chandigarh," a statement issued on behalf of Mumbai Hockey Association said.

"However, the fate of the seven Chandigarh players has not yet been decided although the reports of their medical tests have been received," it added.