6 Indian boxers advance in final of Asian Games Test event

Jakarta, Feb 14:
Six Indian boxers, including youth world champion Shashi Chopra (57kg), advanced to the finals while four others settled for bronze medals to round off a reasonably good day at the Asian Games Test event here.
Shashi and Pavitra (60kg) advanced to the summit stage in the women’s draw.    Among the men, India Open gold-medallist Manish Kaushik (60kg), three-time King’s Cup gold-medallist K Shyam Kumar (49kg), Shaikh Salman Anwar (52kg) and Ashish (64kg) entered the finals.
Shashi defeated Filipino Riza Pasuit in a split 4-1 decision in her semifinal bout. Awaiting her in the final tomorrow is Thailand’s Ratchadaporn Saoto.
Pavitra, on the other hand, defeated South Korean Hwang Hyejung 5-0. She will also face a Thai in Nilawan Techasuep.
In the men’s event, Manish, who is also a reigning national champion, sailed past Chinese Taipei’s Lai Chu-Yen in a 5-0 triumph. He will square off against Japan’s Rentaro Kimura in the gold medal bout.
Shyam Kumar (49kg) advanced to the final after getting a walkover from his Malaysian opponent Mohammad Fuad Redzuan.  (PTI)