Bhiwani lad Sachin produced a remarkable performance to clinch India’s eighth gold medal at boxing’s Youth World Championships in Kielce, Poland, today to cap a memorable performance by the squad.
The Indian contingent concluded their campaign with an unprecedented 11 medals, including eight gold, at the event, the most ever in any edition of the tournament. The previous best for India had come in the 2018 edition in Guwahati, where they won 10 medals.
Sachin won the 56kg gold on Friday.
Sachin made a cautious start against the highly skilled Yerbolat Sabyr in the men’s 56kg final.
The Indian made good use of his feet and to move around swiftly, adding quick and fierce punches to the equation, to put pressure on his Kazakhstan opponent. The contest was evenly poised at the end of two rounds, with Sabyr providing good resistance.
However, Sachin took charge of the bout with relentless attacks in the final round to complete a 4-1 win.
Apart from Sachin’s gold, Bishwamitra Chongthom (49kg), Ankit Narwal (64kg) and Vishal Gupta (91kg) won bronze medals in the men’s section after reaching the semifinals.
Sachin is the first Indian male boxer since 2016 to win a gold medal in the tournament. It was his namesake Sachin Siwach, now a senior camper, who won gold then.
Yesterday, the Indian women’s team had secured the highest medal haul at the prestigious event, with Gitika (48kg), Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg), Poonam (57kg), Vinka (60kg), Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), T Sanamacha Chanu (75kg) and Alfiya Pathan (+81kg) winning gold medals. India had fielded a 20-member team — 10 men and as many women — in this year’s event, and 11 of them won medals. Ten of the boxers are from Haryana, and five of them won medals.