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Boxer Gaurav Solanki wins Gold medal in 52kg category

Gaurav Solanki won the Gold in the 52kg category on Saturday becoming the second Indian boxer to win a Gold on the same day.

PTI | Gold Coast |

Gaurav Solanki won the Gold in the 52kg category on Saturday becoming the second Indian boxer to win a Gold on the same day.

Solanki provided the golden touch, pulling it off 4-1 over Northern Ireland’s Brendan Irvine. The Indian lost the third round but did just enough in the first two to walk away with a gold medal on debut at the Games.

“Today I’m dedicating my medal to my mum, but I want to represent India at the (Tokyo) 2020 Olympics and to be there when they raise the Indian flag,” the 22-year-old said looking ahead.

Settling for silver medals were Amit Panghal (49kg) and Manish Kaushik (60kg) after losing closely-contested bouts here.

Amit, who was chasing his third successive international gold, was beaten by England’s European silver-medallist Galal Yafai.

“I am disappointed with the result. I thought it was 50-50 bout,” Amit said after his loss.

Manish, on the other hand, lost 2-3 to local favourite Harry Garside, again on a split decision. Both the boxers gave their all in the bouts but could not get the judges’ nod.