Kumar Vijender Wins Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal In Boxing For India
Vijender Kumar secures India’s first boxing medal
BEIJING (Reuters) – Middleweight Vijender Kumar secured India’s first boxing medal when he outpointed Ecuador’s Carlos Goncora in the Beijing quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Kumar extended an impressive run by winning a 9-4 points decision to reach the last four and make sure of at least a bronze.
Since first sending seven boxers to the 1948 Games in London, the Indians have failed to reach the medal rounds in all 12 Olympics they have participated in.
Cheered on by a small but raucous Indian contingent at the Workers’ Gymnasium, the 23-year-old took a 2-0 lead in the first round and firmly defended it in the three close rounds that followed.
“It was a very tough bout and I want to do better next time,” Kumar, who was mobbed by thrilled Indian supporters after his win, told Reuters.
“Everybody is very excited and the whole of India was watching on television,” he added. “This is a historic moment in my life.”
Kumar might struggle in his semi-final against Cuba’s Emilio Correa, who advanced by outpointing Uzbek Elshod Rasulov 9-7. (Reference)
Vijender gets to fly free for life with SpiceJet
New Delhi, August 22: Low-cost airlines SpiceJet on Friday announced boxer Vijender Kumar can fly for life in their domestic flights in recognition of his historic feat of winning a bronze in Beijing Olympics.
Vijender became the first ever Indian to win an Olympic medal, a bronze in 75kg category in Beijing Olympics.
The airlines has earlier honoured Abhinav Bindra and Sushil Kumar with the same offers after their gold (in shooting) and bronze (in wrestling) winning feats respectively.
Vijender can now travel free on SpiceJet’s domestic network all his life, SpiceJet Chief Commercial Officer Samyukth Sridharan said in a release.
“We are delighted to welcome Vijender into our family of SpiceJetters by offering him unlimited free personal travel for life along with Abhinav Bindra and Sushil Kumar. Sportsmen like Vijender Kumar, Sushil Kumar and Abhinav Bindra have made us proud and will help more people to focus on their dream,” Sridharan said. (Reference)
Boxer Vijender Kumar enters quarters
Continuing the stupendous show of Indian boxers, Vijender Kumar stormed into the quarterfinals of 75kg middleweight event of the Beijing Olympics after overwhelming Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand 13-3 in a lop-sided pre-quarterfinal bout on Saturday.
With this win, he became the third Indian boxer to enter the quarterfinals. Jitender Kumar (Flyweight category) and Akhil Kumar (Bantamweight category) are the other two Indian pugilist to make it to the quarterfinals. While Vijender and Jitender will play their respective quarterfinals on Wednesday, Akhil plays his on Monday.
Vijender attacked from the word ‘go’ and dominated the middleweight bout. His sharp reflexes and height didnot allow the Thai pugilist to overpower him in any of the four rounds. The Indian unleashed mostly upper cuts and jabs and the Thai had no clue as to what was going.
In the first round, he led 2-0. In the second round, however, Angkhan opened his account and managed to grab a point but Vijender had four punches on target and led 6-1. In the third round he did not allow his opponent any point and extended his lead to 10-1.
The Thai boxer made some recovery in the fourth round and earned 2 points but it came too late and Vijender had three accurate punches in comparison to Angkhan’s two punches, taking his total to 13-3.
The one-sided show from Vijender drew praise from his coach GS Sandhu who said things worked out according to the plan.
“It was a great bout and Vijender displayed his full bag of tricks. It went just as we had planned,” an elated coach GS Sandhu said.
“Vijender was in full control and not for once did he look vulnerable. Whatever we planned bore fruit and I’m proud of the way he fought today,” he added.
Asked about Vijender’s next bout, Sandhu said, “He has not played against him (Carlos Gongora) but we have certain plans and you will see it in the quarterfinal bout itself.” (Reference)
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