Indian pugilists emerged with a massive tally of 10 medals, which include five gold, one silver and four bronze medals, at the 18th Asian Games Invitational Test Tournament, Jakarta on Thursday evening.
Even though seven of the 10 participating Indian pugilists were guaranteed bronze medals at the start of the tournament, three Indian boxers displayed ruthlessness as they romped past their opponents in dominating fashion to clinch the gold, according to a release.
Salman Shaikh in the 52 kg category, Manish Kaushik of the 60 kg category and Pavitra of the women's 60 kg category fought their way to gold even after they were guaranteed a bronze without even throwing a punch. Pavitra won 5-0 against Nilawan Techasuep of Thailand, Shyam Kumar defeated local lad Mario Blasius 4-1, while Salman Shaikh also defeated his Filipino rival 5-0.
India's greatest find in the Youth World Championships has been Shakshi who yet again displayed her dominance in the ring but couldn't manage to get past her final opponent and settled for silver.
Etias Kha (56 kg), Ashish Kumar (75 kg), Pawan Kumar (69kg) and Ritu (51 kg) had to settle for bronze after losing out in their respective semifinal bouts.
Indonesia staged competitions in 40 sports in the Asian Games this year with a total of 462 events. Over 11,000 athletes and officials from 45 nations and regions took part in the games. The sports included weightlifting, athletics, 5x5 basketball, volleyball, archery, pencak silat (a traditional Indonesian martial art), taekwondo and boxing.
With inputs from IANS