Harpreet enters finals, Jitender wins bronze

Harpreet's won his bout in only 35 seconds, while Jitender went down to Englishman Don Gareth Broadhurst by a 21-36 point verdict.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 17:10 IST

Pugilist Harpreet Singh gave an awesome exhibition of his raw firepower to blast into the final, while Jitender Kumar had to contend with a bronze medal in the boxing event at the 18th Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

Harpreet's lethal blows knocked out Anderson Fitzgerald Emmanual of Barbados only 35 seconds into the opening round of the heavyweight semifinal at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Breathingfire right from the word go, the Indian picked up three points while his opponent found it impossible to stand up to the onslaughts.

The semifinal bout was over in a flash as the Barbados boxer was grounded, ensuring Harpreet a passage to the title round where he would clash with Australian Bradley Michael Pitt for the gold.

However, Jitender made an exit from the competition going down to Englishman Don Gareth Broadhurst by a 21-36 point verdict in the flyweight semifinal.

His efforts fetched India its first bronze medal from the discipline in the Games. As per rules, both losing semi finalists are presented bronze in the discipline.

First Published: Mar 23, 2006 17:10 IST