Asian Games 2018: Vijender, Sehwag hail boxer Amit’s ‘tremendous achievement’

first_imgAmit Panghal defeated Rio Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan to help India cross their best-ever medals tally of 2010 with 66 medals at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang.Amit (49kg) became only the eighth Indian boxer to claim a gold medal at the continental Games and he displayed immensely impressive tactical approach against the World Championships silver-medallist to outsmart Dusmatov in the summit clash.Ahead of the bout, Dusmatov was the more fancied winner but once the match began, Amit showed excellent footwork, drew Dusmatov towards himself tactically and then landed excellent punches to completely outwit the more experienced boxer.With Amit bagging the gold medal, India’s medals tally rose to 66 medals — 14 gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 14 LIVE UPDATES Asian Games 2018: After Amit Panghal won his boxing gold, India also won a gold medal in bridge men’s pair event.Wishes and congratulations poured in for the boxer who saved India’s campaign from a disastrous run. Indian boxers are coming back with just two medals from the Asian Games but now, they at least have a gold medal to show, along with a forced bronze for the injured Vikas Krishan.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took to Twitter to congratulate Amit on the victory and spared a word for his “brilliant” boxing.GOLD NUMBER 14!BRILLIANT boxing by #TOPSAthlete Amit Panghal to secure a GOLD in Men’s 49 kg Boxing by defeating 2016 Olympic Gold medalist!What a proud, proud moment this is for us! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 1, 2018Virender Sehwag also hailed Amit’s massive victory over the Olympic champion and called the boxer’s gold as a “tremendous achievement”.GOLD ! Congratulations #AmitPanghal , beating the Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in Men’s 49 kg Boxing final. Tremendous achievement.#AsianGames2018 Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 1, 2018Vijender Singh, who won a boxing gold in 2010, which was glorious Games for the Indian boxing contingent, also had words of appreciation for Amit.#AmitPanghal what a bout !!!Beating reigning Olympic champion #HasanboyDusmatov in Men’s 49kg Final to win GOLD14th Gold for India.Ek Number !!!#AsianGames2018 @asiangames2018 @India_AllSports Singh (@boxervijender) September 1, 2018Other Asian Games 2018 medallists Vinesh Phogat and Muhammed Anas also took to Twitter to congratulate their compatriot from another sport after they themselves got the Indian flag to fly high in Jakarta and Palembang.Both Vinesh and Anas put special focus on why Amit’s victory is so special — because it came against the reigning Olympic champion.Hearty congratulations to #AmitPanghal on winning the #AsianGames Gold What a great bout! Sweet victory made even more so by the fact that he took down the current Olympic champion! Wish you many more such victories in the future! Jai HindVinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) September 1, 2018Anotherfor India. Congratulations to Amit Panghal on defeating the reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov from Uzbekistan, in the men’s 49 kg category.#AsianGames2018 #AsianGames #EnergyofAsia @BFI_officialMuhammed Anas Yahiya (@muhammedanasyah) September 1, 2018#AmitPanghal won a stunning gold in the mens -49kg beating reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan by a split decision at the #AsianGames2018 Proud of you Kumar (@IamAnupK) September 1, 2018Gold No 14Golden Punch of #AmitPanghal has helped India record best-ever haul -Now we have won 66 Medals (14 gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze) in #AsianGames2018Many congrats to the entire Indian squad and @Ra_THORe Ji S Sirsa (@mssirsa) September 1, 2018What a win! Congratulations on the Gold Medal #AmitPanghal #AsianGames2018 @asiangames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) September 1, 2018Congratulations #AmitPanghal !! What a brilliant fight and way to win against an Olympic champion. #Bravo #AsianGames2018Nikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) September 1, 2018An excellent win and heartiest congratulations to #AmitPanghal on winning richly deserved Gold medal after beating Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in Men’s 49 kg #Boxing final at the #AsianGames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) September 1, 2018This is huge!Amit Panghal takes gold in the 49kg beating the current Olympic/ Asian champ #boxing#AsianGames18 kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) September 1, 2018Dusmatov is known for his brilliant counter-attacks but Amit’s footwork made it extremely difficult for the Uzbek to land a meaningful punch.Amit’s strategy left Dusmatov so frustrated that he began moving ahead that let Amit attack him with utmost precision and power.Earlier in the year, Amit won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games after finishing as the bronze medallist at the Asian Championships last year. He was also a quarterfinalist at the World Championships last year.advertisementAlso read – Asian Games 2018: Amit Panghal beats Olympic champion to win boxing goldThis year, Amit had also won gold medals at the inaugural India Open and the Strandja memorial in Bulgaria.Vijender Singh and Vikas Krishan were the last set of male gold-medallists for India at the Asian Games. They had won their yellow metal at the 2010 Guangzhou edition. In the 2014 Games, M C Mary Kom was the lone gold-medallist for India.At the 2010 Asian Games, India won two gold medals, three silver and four bronze medals. At the 2014 Incheon Games, India managed just one gold and four bronze.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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