Sanjeet lights up the Indian camp by putting up a strong fight against Kazakhstan’s three-time Asian champion Vassiliy Levit in the men’s 91kg final on Monday. Earning India its second gold medal at the Asian Championships in Dubai. On Sunday, Pooja Rani won the first gold medal in the women’s 75kg category.
Sanjeet defeated 2016 Olympic silver medalist Levit 4-1 to end the Indian contingent’s triumphant campaign with a record 15 medals. Which including two gold, five silver, and eight bronze.
Amit Panghal (52kg) and Shiva Thapa (64kg) had already lost their final bouts on Sunday.
The 19-member Indian team assured that it was the country’s best-ever performance in the continental competition. So surpassing the previous record of 13 medals set in Bangkok in 2019.
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), Panghal, Thapa, Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jaismine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (54kg), Monika (48kg), Saweety (81kg), and Anupama (+81kg) all won silver, while eight boxers — Vikas Krishan (69kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Sakshi Chau
Due to the Covid epidemic, the 2020 edition was canceled.
On Monday, Panghal lost a hard-fought 52kg final against Uzbekistan’s defending Olympic and world champion Zoirov Shakhobidin. The Indian put up a valiant battle but fell 29-28, 28-29, 28-29, 28-29, 30-27.
Throughout the high-voltage summit showdown between the top two seeds, both boxers displayed exceptional talent and immediately attacked their opponent.
Panghal took longer in the second round because he was precise, landed blows with more force, and a better defender. Shakhobidin, on the other hand, rallied back quickly and managed to turn the tide of the game in his favor.
Thapa, too, lost a tough decision in a split 2-3 decision against Mongolia’s Baatarsukh Chinzorig, the Asian Games silver medalist.
Thapa, who won a bronze medal in the World Championships. It is just the second man boxer in history to win five medals in the Asian Championships. The Assam fighter, 27, has previously won gold in 2013, silver in 2017, and 2 bronze medals in 2015 and 2019.
“Despite the uncertainty our boxers faced, it is quite gratifying to see them finish the campaign with 15 medals and several tight decisions in the finals against Amit Panghal and Mary Kom. Our fighters have once again set a new record, and I am tremendously pleased of each and every one of them “Ajay Singh, head of the Indian Boxing Federation, said.