3 medals for India, at least bronze for Vijender

After Sushil Kumar's bronze, Vijender Kumar boxed himself into a position for at least a bronze beating Ecuador's Carlos Gongora.

updated: December 01, 2008 08:17 IST
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Boxer Vijender Singh ensured another medal for India at the Beijing Olympics when he outpunched Carlos Gongora of Ecuador in the quarterfinal of the 75kg category bout on Wednesday.

With this victory, he is now assured of at least a bronze medal.

The Bhiwani pugilist, one of India's best medal hopes, was ahead in all the four rounds and clinched the bout 9-4. The Ecuadorean had no answer to his rival's flurry of punches and trailed 1-4 in the second round.

Vijender made the difference with his left-hand jabs and crucial uppercuts to which Carlos had no answer.

With the score reading 7-2 in favour of Vijender after the penultimate round, the Ecuadorean needed to go all out in the fourth and final round. He did manage to close the gap but Vijender's evading tactics and excellent footwork won him the bout.