Jakarta, February 15: Indian boxers packed a heavy punch at the Asian Games Test event, signing off with five gold, a silver and four bronze medals here on Thursday.
India Open gold-medallist Manish Kaushik (60kg) notched up a second successive top finish, continuing his impressive rise to prominence since claiming the national title last year. Pavitra (60kg) was the lone Indian gold-winner in the women's draw, while three-time King's Cup gold-medallist K Shyam Kumar (49kg), Shaikh Salman Anwar (52kg) and Ashish (64kg) finished with the yellow metal along with Manish.
The Indian boxing completed a rich haul of 5 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals in the Asian games Test event in Jakarta on Thursday. Congratulations to all the winners pic.twitter.com/kKS4qxKVF2— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) February 15, 2018
Pavitra opened the proceedings for India and defeated Thai Nilawan Techasuep 5-0 to start the gold rush. K Shyam Kumar was the next man in and got the better of Mario Blasius Kali in a split verdict of 4-1 to claim the top honours. The win came about despite a warning the Indian received for his tactics. Salman Anwar defeated Filipino Rogen Ladon 5-0, while Manish defeated Japan's Rentaro Kimura to claim a gold each in their respective categories.
Ashish also claimed a gold by out-punching local favourite Sugar Rey Ocana in a lop-sided contest. Shashi Chopra (57kg), also a bronze-medallist at last month's India Open, lost 0-5 to Thailand's Ratchadaporn Saoto to settle for a silver medal. Signing off with bronze medals were Muhammed Etash Khan (56kg), Ritu Grewal (51kg), Pawan Kumar (69kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) after losing their semifinal bouts on Wednesday (February 14).