India’s hopes in Olympics men’s boxing event suffered a big blow when medal contender Vikas Krishan was controversially ousted today from the 69kg competition after the governing body of the game AIBA overturned the result of his pre-quarterfinal bout, that he had won, following a review.
The 20-year-old had won 13-11 over American Errol Spence in a thrilling contest last night, but following an appeal by his rival’s team management, AIBA awarded the bout 15-13 to the American.
However, crying foul over AIBA’s decision the Indians have appealed against it after an emergency meeting of the boxing team with Chef-de-Mission and Indian Boxing Federation Secretary General P K Muralidharan Raja.
The result of the appeal would be known later.The controversial decision to make Krishan, a gold medal winner at the last Asian Games in Guangzhou in 60kg, marred an otherwise quiet day for the Indians whose lukewarm challenge in men’s rowing ended without a whimper and woman distance runner Sudha Singh faded away in the 3000m steeplechase as she failed to qualify for the finals.
The rowing duo of Sandeep Kumar and Manjeet Singh ended up a poor second from last in the men’s double sculls race at the Eton Dorney Rowing centre. They avoided the wooden spoon by edging out the Egyptian team of Mohamed Nofel and Omar Emira in the 2000m race for minor placings, clocking 7 minutes, 8.39 seconds.
Steeplechase runner Sudha, also a gold medal winner like Vikas at the 2010 Guangzhou Asiad, failed to match the time that she had clocked to make the “B” grade qualification standard for the Olympics, finishing 13th out of 15 runners in the first of three semi-final heats.
The Central Railway employee hailing from Rae Bareily timed 9:48.86s in the race, almost a second off her national record of 9:47.70s that she had clocked in Spain on June 8 when making the Olympic grade.
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