New Delhi:India's Jitender Kumar lost against Russia's Georgy Balakshin in the flyweight (51kg) quarterfinals at Beijing. It was a well-fought contest but the Russian definitely had an upperhand and trounced Jitender 15-11.
With two Olympic medals already in India's kitty, more hopes were rested on boxers Jitender Kumar and Vijender Kumar. With Jitender out of the medal race, Vijender remains the last ray of hope for the first boxing medal.
Round 1: 2-1
Balakshin took the lead with the first on spot punch. Jitender levelled him soon but he could take his score beyond that and the Russian took the lead right away.
Round 2: 5-5
The second round was an evenly fought and the two pugilists ended 5-5, though Balashin was leading 7-6.
Round 3: 6-3
With two rounds very closely fought, Balakshin became a bit more aggressive and succeeded in penetrating Jitender's defense. He was sharp and aggressive and ended up with a score of 6-3. This took his total lead to 13-9
Round 4: 2-2
With a lead that almost promised a victory, Balakshin became defensive. Jitender still managed to grab two points but it came too late. All last minute fight came out to be futile as the Russian emerged victorious.