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Asian Games 2018: Boxer Vikas Krishan claims bronze after being deemed medically unfit to take part in men's 75kg category semifinals

Boxing - Olympics: Day 7
Boxing - Olympics: Day 7
Modified 31 Aug 2018

What's the story?

In an unfortunate turn of events for Men's 75kg category semifinalist Vikas Krishan, the boxer has been forced to settle for the bronze medal after being deemed medically unfit to take part in his semifinals clash in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In case you didn't know...

Vikas Krishan Yadav is a gold medalist from the lightweight category at the Asian Games 2010 and also happened to clinch the bronze medal in the 2014 Incheon Games.

In the qualification rounds, Krishan put up a dominating show against Pakistan's Tanveer Ahmed to win 5-0 and followed it up with a thrilling 3-2 win over China's Tanglatihan Tuoheta in the quarter-finals.

The heart of the matter

One of India's biggest medal prospects from the boxing arena, the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist was pitted against Kazakhstan's Amankul Abilkhan in the semifinals of the ongoing Asian Games.

Unfortunately for the 26-year-old boxer, who hails from Hisar in Haryana, a cut on his left eyelid was enough to prevent him from participating in the semifinals.


Vikas's exit from the competition means that the Indian boxer will have to settle for the bronze medal while his opponent will go through to the finals. This is Vikas Krishan's second consecutive bronze medal, having lost out in the semifinals in the 2014 edition as well.

Vikas first came to prominence when he won the gold medal at the 2010 Asian Youth Boxing Championships and also the silver medal at the 2015 Asian Boxing Championships.

The boxer's confirmed bronze medal takes India's tally to 60 medals in all, six short of the record for the most number of medals in a single edition of the Asian Games for India.

What's next?

The Indian contingent will be in action across various disciplines in the next couple of days and it remains to be seen how many more medals will be added to the overall tally, with a new record - for the most number of medals in a single edition of the Asian Games - in sight.

Published 31 Aug 2018, 13:18 IST
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