Asian Games 2018: Shiva Thapa, Dheeraj Rangi and Sarjubala Devi claim open spots on Indian boxing team after trials

New Delhi: Shiva Thapa (60kg) claimed a place in the Indian boxing team for the Asian Games after winning the trials, with Sarjubala Devi clinching the 51kg spot in the women's squad — a category that had been thrown open after Mary Kom pulled out due to a shoulder problem.

File photo of Shiva Thapa. Getty Images

File photo of Shiva Thapa. Getty Images

Most of the team was finalised without trials, based on performances in the international tournaments and the national camp, but the men's 60kg and 64kg and the women's 51kg division were decided following trials. Shiva, a former world bronze-medallist and a three-time Asian medallist, defeated Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik. Sarjubala, on the other hand, got the better of former Commonwealth bronze-winner Pinki Jangra.

In the men's 64kg category, national champion Dheeraj Rangi defeated Rohit Tokas. "All the results were one-sided. The winners claimed unanimous victories and there was no doubt in anybody's mind who had clinched the bouts," said a coach who was present at the trials. The rest of the squad was picked on expected lines despite some discontent over denial of trials in a few weight categories.

The most notable among the men was the 69kg division in which two-time Commonwealth medallist Manoj Kumar was picked, ignoring Mandeep Jangra, who was India's lone gold-medallist at the recent Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia, with Jagra expressing his displeasure over not being given a chance in a trial.

Among the women, Mary Kom had made it clear at the Commonwealth Games itself that she would be opting out of the Asiad to rest and recuperate after a gruelling season. The five-time world champion had competed in four tournaments in the space of six months, claiming three gold medals and a silver. The 35-year-old, who claimed a gold in Gold Coast, is expected to be back in action at the World Championships to be held in New Delhi in November.

The Final teams:

Men: Amit Panghal (49kg), Gaurav Solanki (52kg), Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), Shiva Thapa (60kg), Dheeraj Rangi (64kg), Manoj Kumar (69kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg).

Women: Sarjubala Devi (51kg), Sonia Lather (57kg), Pavitra (60kg).


Updated Date: Jun 29, 2018 19:53 PM

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