Nanao Singh leads India's gold rush

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Pune, Oct 17 (UNI) The Indian pugilists did the country proud by emerging on top with three golds, one silver and three bronze medals in the boxing competition of the third Commonwealth Youth Games which condluded here today.

Manipur's Thokchom Nanao Singh, silver medalist in the senior Commonwealth Championship at Liverpool in England last year, gave India a flying start with a rousing 25-10 points victory over his Wales rival Davies Zack in the light fly weight category in what could be termed as the best of the eight finals.

Nanao Singh's sterling display was followed by Virothu Shantosh, who gave no quarters to his South African rival Alexander Jonker, after jumping into a 6-2 lead to eventually emerge as a deserving winner by a 16-4 margin in the 64kg light welter weight class for the second gold medal.

After his triumph, Nanao Singh attributed his success to the year long training, particularly in the last phase at the Army Sports Institute (ASI) here.

The short and stoutly built south paw Thokchom Nanao Singh, was aggression personified, he unleashed a flurry of right left combination with short jabs and hooks thrown in to pulverize his taller Wales' opponent into a bundle of nerves. Such was the dominance of this Manipuri youngster that he jumped into a 10-1 lead in the very first round and kept up sustained pressure to finish home with a whopping 25-10 points win.

''My preparation was much better than my compatriots. The strategy and tactics adopted by me was to go on the offensive from the word go,'' he said.

Col PK Murlidharan Raja, secretary of Services Sports Control Board and secretary general of Indian Boxing Federation, told UNI that all the boys have been training since 2002.

The CYG team has been selected to represent India in the World junior Boxing Championship to be held in Mexico from October 23-28 this year.

In the closest fight of the day, Beniwal Balwinder, cousin brother of Olympic bronze medalist Vijendra Kumar, after being tied up on two points each at the end of the fourth round against Shamoon Benjamin, secured the third gold for India on the basis of a technical decision being given in his favour.

Beniwal by virtue of being more aggressive and attacking saw the gold medal coming his way.

In the last bout of the day in the 75kg Middle weight group, Satwinder Singh, appeared all at sea when going down tamely to Twardzik Start of Canada. The fact that he failed to secure even a single point, against five points won by his opponent, tells its story.

The Indian team which figured in four out of the eight finals today, won three gold, one silver and three bronze to nudge England with three gold, one silver and one bronze to the second position.

Wales with one gold, one silver had to remain content with the third position.

Following are the results (all finals): 1 48kg Light fly : Nanao Singh Thokchom (Ind) beat Zack Davies (Wal) 25-10 points.

2 51kg Fly weight: Daniel Chapman (Wal) beat James Dickens (Eng) 8-7 points.

3 54kg Bantam Weight: John Quigley (Eng) beat Clevon Rock (Guy) 12-1 points.

4 57kg Feather weight: Iain Weaver (Eng) beat Ibrahim Balla (Aus) 16-1 points.

5 60kg Light weight: Daniel Philips (Eng) beat Sean Duffy (Nir) 21-7 points.

6 64kg Light Welter: Shantosh Virothu (Ind) beat Jonker Alexander (RSA) 16-4 points.

7 69kg Welter weight: Balwinder Beniwal (Ind) beat Benjamin Shamoon (Can) 2-2 on tech points.

8 75kg Middle weight: Stuart Twardzik (Can) beat Satinder (Ind) 5-0 points.

The medals tally in Boxing is as follows Gold Silver Bronze Total India 3 1 3 7 England 3 1 1 5 Wales 1 1 2 4 Canada 1 1 0 2 Guyana 0 1 0 1 South Africa 0 1 2 3 Scotland 0 0 3 3 Samoa 0 0 1 1 Kenya 0 0 1 1 Botswana 0 0 1 3 UNI IS RAR NS1848

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