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Nanao Singh gives India its first boxing gold in 48 kg category

Pune, Oct 17 (UNI) Nanao Singh Thokchom gave India its first gold medal in boxing when he out pointed his Wales opponent Zack Davies 25-10 in the Light Flyweight (48 kg) category in the Commonwealth Youth Games being held at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City, Balewadi here today.

Nanao Singh started the bout with an air of confidence which was very much evident in the first round itself when the Indian took a comprehensive 6-1 lead over his Welsh counterpart.

Nanao Singh having taken the initiative, did not let go the advantage of such a huge lead in the first round as he became more forceful in the second round. He took nine points to two in the second round to extend his lead to 15-3.

From here it was no looking back as the Indian gave Zack absolutely no chance with a tight defence and attacking his opponent.

Nanao Singh completed the formalities in the next two rounds to score a resounding win on points at 25-10 to take the gold, while Zack had to be satisfied with the silver.

Meanwhile in the Flyweight (51 kg) category, Daniel Chapman of Wales managed to win the gold where his teammate Zack had failed to do so when he outpointed England's James Dickens by 8 points to 7.

Daniel Chapman took a slender one point lead after the first round, but the Englishman came back in the second to square the bout at three points each.

Daniel then won the third round by a slender one point margin again and then both the boxers finished level on points in the fourth and final round. Thus, Daniel won the bout by 8 points to 7 to take the gold relegating James Dickens to the silver medal.


Story first published: Friday, October 17, 2008, 15:38 [IST]
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