Boxers Nanao, Dilbagh settle for silver in Russia

Khabarovsk (Russia), May 20 (IANS) The Indian boxers’ campaign came to an end at the Khabarovsk International Competition here with two silver and three bronze medals.

The two Indians in the finals — national games gold medallist Nanao Singh (49kg) and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Dilbagh Singh (69kg) — had to be content with a silver medal finish after they lost to their respective opponents in the title round Sunday.

In the finals of the lightfly weight division, Nanao Singh went up against local lad Sagaluev Bator. Sagaluev had a similar technique to Nanao and both the boxers were equally matched but the Russian seemed to have an edge with his precise attacks.

The 22-year-old Indian tried hard to reduce the margin but Sagaluev kept nicking crucial points to maintain the advantage. In the end Nanao lost on points 8-12.

Multiple-time national champion Dilbagh Singh had a bad day at office and seemed out of sorts against Kozhabekov Bakytzhan of Kazakhstan. He lost on points 3-9.

Earlier, Sunil Kumar (52kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) reached the semifinal stage of the tournament to bag the bronze medal in their respective weight categories.

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