Thokchom Nanao wins gold at Youth World Championship

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Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov 2 (UNI) India's Thokchom Nanao Singh outclassed Grigoriy Nikolaychuk of Russia 15-5 to clinch the gold at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships here.

Nanao ended up being India's lone medallist in the event, where the team finished ninth overall with 15 points. Despite being tied on points with 10th-placed Uzbekistan, India finished ahead of the Central Asian country due to a sightly better points-per-boxer average of 2.1.

The 18-year-old boxer, a gold medallist at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune last month and a silver medallist at last year's Commonwealth Championships, took a vital one-point lead against his more fancied opponent in the opening round which ended 4-3 in his favour.

The Army boxer then built on the advantage in the next two rounds, stretching the lead to 10-4 against the Cadet World Championship bronze medallist, who could score just one point in the second and third rounds.

Nanao went for an all-out assault in the final round, scoring five points against his opponent's one to round off his campaign with yet another dominating display.

Cuba topped the medal tally with four gold, a silver and a bronze. The traditional boxing powerhouse finished the event with 40 points and a points-per-boxer average of 3.6.

Russia was a distant second with 32 points after winning one gold, three silver and a couple of bronze medals. The Russians had a points-per-boxer average of 2.9.

India had sent a seven-member team for the event, six of which had crashed out at the quarterfinal stage.

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