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Indian pugilists dazzle in Doha

01:33 AM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

New Delhi : Indian boxers continued to dazzle in the Doha International Tournament with five of them, including Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg), advancing to the finals of the event, which is part of the build-up towards the October World Championships.

Devendro got a walkover into the summit round after his Qatar rival Al Rafeek Yahea was declared medically unfit.

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He was later joined by Gaurav Bidhuri (52kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg), Manish (60kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg).

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While Bidhuri defeated Hegazy Mostafa from Qatar 3:0, Shiva outpunched Mhamadi Bilel from Tunisia by a similar margin.

Manish toiled past Egypt’s Mahamoud Abdelaal 2:1 before Manoj thrashed another Egyptian Eslam Ahmad 3:0.

Two other Indians who are in the semifinals are Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and former World Championships bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg). The tournament features a total of 12 countries and is a test event for the October World championships, which is also an Olympic qualifying event. —PTI

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