first_imgTwo other athletes – Srabani Nanda, in womens 200m, and Two other athletes – Srabani Nanda, in womens 200m, and triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary – made tame exits in the first round while wrestler Ravinder Khatri lost his opening round fight against Hungarys Viktor Lorincz in the greco roman 85kg class. There was disappointment in the boxing arena as well with former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas (75kg) took a pounding from second seed Bektemir Melikuziev in the quarterfinals to bow out of the Games, ending Indias boxing challenge without a medal for the first time in eight years. With Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) already out of contention, Vikas loss today drew the curtains on the Indian boxing challenge in the Games. In fact, it is the second successive time that the male boxers failed to secure a medal given that the 2012 bronze had come through M C Mary Kom (51kg). Vijender Singh (75kg) thus remains the first and only Indian male boxer to have secured an Olympic medal (a bronze in 2008 Beijing Games). In the quarterfinal contest last night, the seventh-seeded Vikas was simply no match for the world No.3, a World Championships silver-medallist and the reigning Asian champion, a title he won after beating Vikas in the final last year. PTI TAP SSR PM PMlast_img

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