Vijender Singh was again in the limelight as he pipped four other Asian Games medallists to bag the Samsung Most Valued Performance Award at a felicitation ceremony to honour the medal-winners on Thursday.
The award comes with Rs 2.5 lakh worth of consumer durables.
A panel of five distinguished sports journalists chose Vijender ahead of fellow boxer Suranjoy Singh, shooters Manavjit Singh and Gagan Narang and woman pugilist Kavita.
Consistent performances swung the scales in Vijender's favour. Moreover, on his way to the middleweight (75kg) gold in Guangzhou, he had to overcome several odds. Pitted against tough opponents, he came on top despite an injured thumb.
A jubilant Vijender said, "It was hard to make a comeback, especially after the not-so encouraging performance at the Commonwealth Games. I was on the verge of skipping the Asian Games to focus on the next season, but after encouragement from coach GS Sandhu, I decided to make an attempt."
Vijender, who had also claimed bronze at the World Championships earlier this year, said, "The medal in China is a launching pad for the (2012 London) Olympics preparation."
Narang rued missing gold in the 10m air rifle.
With a score of 597 in the preliminary round, he looked good but slipped in the final. "The contest was too close," said the ace marksman from Hyderabad.
Manavjit, who won the team bronze in trap, and Narang are keen to carry forward the good work to the New Year.
"We hope to add more feathers to our caps," they said in unison.