Jitender, Akhil advance to semis

Published on Mar 22, 2006 04:38 PM IST

The puglists have assured India of atleast two more medals in boxing event at the Commonwealth Games.

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None | ByR Eswar (PTI), Melboune

Pugilists Jitender Kumar and Akhil Kumar romped into the semifinal in style and assured India of more medals in boxing event at the 18th Commonwealth Games.

However, Diwakar Prasad fell by the wayside in the featherweight quarter final and retired 13 seconds into the third round after being down 5-20 on points against his English rival Stephen Francis Smith.

Heavyweight Harpreet Singh and superheavyweight contender V Jognson became medal certainties on Wednesday when they sailed into the last four at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre ring.

Jitender fought a close battle with Luza Lechedzani of Botswana and cruised to a fluent 17-15 win in his flyweight quarterfinal bout.

The Indian landed straight punches to score from the beginning and took a two-point lead in the first round, but his opponent defended well and made sure that he did not slip away more points by keeping the scores level in the second round.

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