Haryana trio in quarter final as Vijender joins Akhil, Jitender

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Beijing, Aug 16 (UNI) The trio of Haryana Boxers created history as for the first time three pugilists from India made it to the Olympic quarter-finals as they strode the ring like closseus staking claim for the medals with Vijender completing the line up in Beijing Games here tonight.

The Haryana boxer thrashed Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand 13-3 to reduce the bout to a virtual one-sided affair as he cruised into the quarterfinals of the 75kg category event.

A win against Carlos Gongora of Ecuador in the quarterfinal would assure him of an Olympic medal, of whatever hue.

Earlier in the day, displaying awesome agility and fire power, Jitender Kumar pulverised Uzbekistan's Tulashboy Doniyoroy 13-6 to storm into the quarter finals of the 51 kg (fly) event.

Vijender thus followed Akhil Kumar (54kg) and Jitender (51kg) to reach the last eight.

The Indian began on a defensive note and took a 2-0 lead at the end of the first round before going on offensive. Though his Thai opponent managed to land a punch on him in the second round, Vijender did enough to stretch his lead to 6-1.

The third round was a lop-sided affair with the Indian dictating terms and Chomphuphuang scurrying for covers.

Though the Thai made a last ditch attempt in the last round to make a comeback, Vijender ensured his superiority remains intact and in the end, it turned out to be a facile win for the Indian.

Vijender made the most of his height advantage and long reach to unnerve the Thai who looked confounded. Vijender unleashed mostly upper cuts and jabs and the Thai had no clue as to what was going.

''It was a great bout and Vijender displayed his full bag of tricks. It went just as we had planned,'' coach GS Sandhu said after the bout.

Talking to UNI, he 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 it.'' About Vijender's next bout, Sandhu said, ''He has not played against him but we have certain plans and you will see it in the quarterfinal itself.'' Earlier, Jitender, the unassuming pugilist from Bhawani (Haryana) outpointed Doniyorov, a fifth placer in the Athens Olympics, to stay in contention for the medal.

Inspired by his mentor and guide, Akhil's performance against World Champion yesterday, Jitender fought like a boxer possessed and never allowed his rival to dominate him.

The 20-year-old Jitender Kumar dominated the ring and boxed to a plan. ''This is the first time I was fighting with Doniyorov and I was confident of beating him, because I had beaten three boxer who all had beaten him,'' a jubilant Indian told mediapersons after his victory.

Having beaten a south paw boxer in his first round, the Indian midified his tactics slightly against the Uzbek, who was also a south paw.

Jitender played close and long range, while the Uzbek tried hard to corner the Indian but failed and in the first round itself the sign of things to come were clear as the Bhiwani boy led 4-1.

Jitender slowed down the pace in the second round and that confused his rival who could not fathom the Indian's tactic and ploy.

''We had a plan, we knew what happened yesterday, Akhil was trailing 2-6 but he successfully managed to stage a come back, we did not want that Uzbek should repeat that against Jitender, hence this ploy to slow down was used,'' chief coach G S Sandhu explained later.

The second round saw Jitender garnering one point to take his lead to 5-1 and that set a panic in Uzbek camp.

And in the third round points - 9 of them - came thick and fast with Jitender collecting six and his rival three. Again Indian planning was to the fore. Jitender got the point and then stayed back to avoid the punches and he came up with powerful counters which rattled the Uzbek.

Jitender also managed to get two penalty points in this round and virtually sealed his victory as he led 11-4 after the penultimate round.

The Uzbek tried to engage Jitender in the medium range confrontation which was later avoided successfully.

And that was the turning point because it frustrated Doniyorov no end and every punch of his landed at no point zone.

Though in the last round Uzbek managed to protect himself from Indian's right hits and left hooks but his defence fetched in only two points while he conceded the same to his rival and Jitender emerged dominating winner 13-6.

The two points which Uzbek earned in the last round were penalty points as Jitender kept on avoiding contact and slipped which in jury's opinion was a deliberate ploy to avoid contact.

In the quarter-finals, Jitender will take on Georgy Balakshin of Russia who defeated Kazakhstan's Mirat Sarsembayev in his pre-quarter final match.

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