Jitender, puglists bring cheers; disappointment in others for Indi

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Hyderabad, Oct 16 (UNI) India opened account with a bronze and their pugilists continued the impressive show amid setbacks in wrestling, shooting and football, even as Russia and China set the meet ablaze with unrelenting fight for supremacy on the second day of the 4th Military World Games here today.

Jitender fetched a bronze in the men's 400m hurdles clocking 51.70s behind Edrees Hawsawi of Saudi Arabia (50.26 sec) and Brazil's Thiago de Jesus Sales ( 50.98) to give the hosts something to cheer on a day of mediocre show.

Indian pugilists continued from where they left from yesterday with four of them scoring easy victories in the preliminary rounds.

HK Belwal gave the home supporters enough reasons to cheer at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium with a ferocious annihilation of D Youssouf of Guinea Republic, whom the Indian thrashed 20-0 in the 51 kg category.

Belwal landed his punches on his opponent at will and the referee had to stop the fight early in the second round after the Indian led the first round 13-0 in a totally one-sided bout.

In ring number two, national champion and Chicago World Cup bound A L Lakra did not have the luxury to toy with his opponent like Belwal did, but emerged 19-13 victorious against Won Il Kim of North Korea without taking much risk in 57 kg.

D Satya Raju and and Amarjit Singh then came up with clinical performances to see that no Indian stumbled at the preliminary round.

Raju accounted for Herberth Nkabiti of Botswana 33-11 in 64 kg while Amarjit prevailed over Arsen Martirosian of Ukraine 14-8 in a low scoring bout in 75 kg category. Raju was taking the ring in place of national champion Som Bahadur Pun who was down with viral fever.

India also suffered reverses in wrestling from which the country was expecting medals.

Doha asian Games bronze winner Vinayak Dalvi bite the dust against Rasid of Azerbaijan in men's 55kg Greco Roman pre quarter-finals, while in 96 kg Greco Roman pre-quarters, 2006 Commonwealth Championship silver medalist Ashok Kumar lost to M Ezerskis of Lithuania before Sunil Kumar faced the same fate against S Charzewski of Poland in 66 kg Greco Roman pre quarter-finals.

To add to the disappointment of the home fans, India's international quarter-miler SK Mortaza finished a disappointing eighth in 400m final clocking 48.12s which is below his season's best timing of 47.42s, which he ran in Pune leg of Asian Grand Prix in June.

N Ali Bab Bakar of Sudan won the gold with a timing of 46.00 sec while Poland's Daniel Dabrowski (46.36s ) and Sri Lanka's PS Amarasekara ( 46.48s) bagged the silver and bronze respectively.

Mortaza's countrymate in the same event, another international Sarish Paul finished worse than Mortaza by coming sixth in a field of eight athletes in the 400m semi-final.

In men's 1500m though, another Indian medal prospect Chatholi Hamza will run in the final tomorrow after finishing second behind Kenyan Korir Shadrack in the semi-finals.

Hamza's timing of 3: 49.36 was well below his season's best mark of 3: 40.19 which he recorded in Bangkok leg of Asian Grand prix in June.

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