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AIBA World Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal Goes Down Fighting In Final; India Achieve Best-Ever Medal Haul

The second-seeded Amit Panghal became the first Indian male boxer to finish second in the AIBA World Boxing Championships and the country achieved its best-ever medal haul of two. Manish Kaushik (63kg) had signed off with a bronze earlier, after losing in the semifinals

AIBA World Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal Goes Down Fighting In Final; India Achieve Best-Ever Medal Haul
Amit Panghal lost 0-5 in the final, but the scoreline was hardly a reflection of the fight he put on against the more fancied opponent.
AIBA World Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal Goes Down Fighting In Final; India Achieve Best-Ever Medal Haul
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2019-09-21T20:54:33+05:30

Indian boxer Amit Panghal's phenomenal campaign in the men's world championships ended with a silver medal after he went down to Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in an intense 52kg category final at Ekaterinburg, Russia on Saturday. (More Sports News)

Panghal lost 0-5 but the scoreline was hardly a reflection of the fight he put on against the more fancied Zoirov.

Also Read: Phenomenal Panghal - From Late-Comer At Training To World-Beater

The second-seeded Panghal became the first Indian male boxer to finish second in the world event and the country achieved its best-ever medal haul of two. Manish Kaushik (63kg) had signed off with a bronze earlier, after losing in the semifinals.

Once again up against a taller and more muscular opponent, Panghal gave it his all but fell short when it came to connecting accurately. The Asian Games and Asian Championships gold-medallist nonetheless achieved a historic feat.

The silver here marks a new high for the boxer from Rohtak, who has been simply unstoppable since breaking into the national scene with a bronze in the 2017 Asian Championships.

Also Read: Amit Panghal Seeded 2nd, Gets Bye Along With Three Other Indians

Zoirov, despite being unseeded here, was always going to be a tough challenge as he also has to his credit silver medals in the Asian Games and the Asian Championships.

Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal at a single edition of the world championship.

Also Read: Knew I Will Get A Medal, Says Manish Kaushik

The past medal-winners at the big event are Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017).

This time, India was among nine countries, out of a total of 78, which had their boxers in the finals. Uzbekistan topped the finalists count with four boxers.

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