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Fiery Vijender punches his way into boxing semifinals

other Updated: Nov 20, 2010 23:19 IST
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World number one Vijender Singh (75kg) out-slugged Korea's Deokjin Cho to enter the semifinals and assure himself of at least a bronze medal in the boxing competition on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Olympic and World Championship bronze-medallist got the better of Cho 13-2 in a one-sided contest at the Foshan Gymnasium here to take the total number of Indian boxers in semifinals to three -- the other two being Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and Paramjeet Samota (+91kg).

The dashing Haryana-pugilist, who won a bronze in the previous Asian Games in Doha, will now face Mohammad Sattapour of Iran in the semifinals.

Sailors earn silver

India finished the Games sailing competition on Saturday with a sole silver medal in Open Match Racing following a fight for the gold with Japan. The Indian team of Balraj, Balkrishna Helegaonkar, Atool
Singh, Farokh Tarapore and Shekhar Singh Yadav were beaten 0-3

Sania assured of bronze in singles

Sania Mirza created the first upset of the tournament by shocking second seed Tamarine Tanasugarn to enter the semifinals and Somdev Devvarman capped an all-win day assuring India of at least two more bronze medals in the tennis event on Saturday.

Unseeded Sania, a silver medallist at the Delhi Games , scored an upset 6-2 6-3 win over Thailand's Tanasugarn to reach the women's singles semifinals.

The 166th ranked Indian, a silver medallist at 2006 edition in Doha, relied on her power-packed strokes to beat the Thai, who once figured in top-20 and now stands at number 58 in the world.

Sania escaped unscathed in a tough opening game, in which she saved six breakpoints, and gradually took control over the contest, which lasted one hour and 27 minutes. She will next face world number 69 Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan.

Men strengthen top position in chess

Grandmaster G N Gopal scored an upset victory over a higher rated opponent as India outsmarted Kazakhstan in the men's chess team event and strengthened their position as sole leaders after R3.