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India's Kumar wins boxing bronze

Middleweight Vijender Kumar, the first Indian to win a boxing medal at an Olympic Games, has lost in the semi-finals of his category.
Kumar is the first Indian to win a boxing medal at an Olympic Games

Indian middleweight Vijender Kumar lost his Olympic semi-final bout but picked up a bronze medal, India's first boxing medal at any Olympic Games.

Kumar lost to Cuban boxer Emilio Correa Bayeaux by five points to eight in the 75kg category in Beijing.

He was guaranteed bronze after beating Ecuador's Carlos Gongora on Wednesday.

Kumar, the son of a bus driver, hails from Bhiwani, a district in the northern Indian state of Haryana. The place is India's boxing hub.

Correa began the semi-final bout on an attacking note, but Kumar narrowed his lead to 3-4 at the end of the second round.

With the chance to fight for gold in the final at stake, Correa extended his lead through some aggressive fighting in the third round picking up three points to take a 7-3 lead.

In the fourth and the final round, Correa moved swiftly, executed a powerful left jab, and defended himself well to end with a 8-5 winning lead.

Kumar has previously won medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games.


Boxing medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forChina 2 1 1 4
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 1 0 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 0 1 0
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 0 0 1
2 also show each event results forRussia 2 0 1 3
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 0 0 1
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forItaly 1 1 1 3
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 0 0 1
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 0 1 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forMongolia 1 1 0 2
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forThailand 1 1 0 2
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forGreat Britain 1 0 2 3
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 0 0 1
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 1 0 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 0 0 1
7 also show each event results forKazakhstan 1 0 1 2
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 0 0 1
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forUkraine 1 0 1 2
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 1 0 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 0 0 1
9 also show each event results forDominican Rep 1 0 0 1
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 1 0 0
10 also show each event results forCuba 0 4 4 8
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 0 1 0
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 0 1 0
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 0 0 1
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 0 1 0
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forFrance 0 2 1 3
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 0 1 0
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 0 1 0
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 0 0 1
12 also show each event results forIreland 0 1 2 3
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 0 1 0
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 0 0 1
13 also show each event results forArmenia 0 0 1 1
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 0 0 1
14 also show each event results forAzerbaijan 0 0 1 1
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forIndia 0 0 1 1
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forMauritius 0 0 1 1
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forRep of Moldova 0 0 1 1
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forSouth Korea 0 0 1 1
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 0 0 1
19 also show each event results forTurkey 0 0 1 1
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 0 0 1
20 also show each event results forUSA 0 0 1 1
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 0 0 1

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