Shiva Thapa becomes India’s first gold-medallist in Kazakhstan President’s Cup

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 18:43 IST File photo of Shiva Thapa (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShiva Thapa won the gold medal in the 63kg category at President’s CupThe new weight category has been easy to adapt: Shiva ThapaSweety Boora (81kg) and Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) ended the tournament with a bronzeFour-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa became India’s first gold-medallist at the President’s Cup boxing tournament after getting a walkover in the finals in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday.Making his international debut in the newly-introduced Olympic category of 63kg, Thapa was to fight Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin in the summit clash but his opponent had to pull out due to injury.Thapa had lost to Safiullin in the Asian Championship semifinal earlier this year.Signing off with a silver medal was woman boxer Parveen (60kg) who lost her final bout to local hope Rimma Volosenko.”The new weight category has been easy to adapt. I have not faced too much difficulty. Obviously there are challenges of facing boxers who are coming from 64kg, given their power but nothing is impossible,” Thapa, a 60kg category boxer before the rejigging of Olympic divisions, told PTI from Astana.Thapa couldn’t make the cut for the September world championships after losing in the trials to Commonwealth Games silver-winner Manish Kaushik.Thapa had defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Argon Kadiribekuulu 4-1 in the last-four stage bout.”Shiva had a great tournament, beating some really fancied opponents. It was an impressive performance,” said India’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva.Earlier, Sweety Boora (81kg) and Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) had ended their campaign with bronze medals following semifinal defeats.Also Read | Indonesia Open 2019: PV Sindhu eases into final after straight-game win over Chen YufeiAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shiva ThapaFollow India boxingFollow President’s Cup Shiva Thapa becomes India’s first gold-medallist in Kazakhstan President’s CupShiva Thapa, who made his international debut in the newly-introduced Olympic category of 63kg, won the gold medal after Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin pulled out due to injury in Astana on Saturday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Ohio State mens track ready for competitive Indiana Relays

Always be moving forward.That’s the motto the Ohio State men’s track team has going into this weekend’s Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind.“It should be a competitive meet,” head coach Ed Beathea said on the teams the Buckeyes are set to run against.Teams like Alabama, Xavier, Notre Dame, Northern Illinois and Indiana are among those set to compete in the meet this weekend.Junior sprinter and hurdler Timothy Faust said he expects the opponents to push the team to greater success and even help him run his best race yet in the 200-meter dash.“This is a chance for us to compete against some good guys from the conference,” Faust said.He added that the team goal for the meet is to continue doing the things they have been doing right and to work hard.Redshirt-freshman sprinter and hurdler Donovan Robertson is expecting the same work ethic the Buckeyes have shown all season from at the meet.“Every week, we are getting better and better,” Robertson said. “Last week was a solid week, I hope we can continue.”Robertson added that getting the chance to compete against conference teams is good for the Buckeyes.“I couldn’t really tell you which (team) is bigger than the other but the fact that they are Big Ten conference teams I think they are all really important,” Robertson said.At the meet, Robertson is slated to only run the 200-meter dash instead of his usual sprints and hurdles. Robertson said this is his first time running the 200-meter dash since high school, but he is excited to run it.Beathea said the coaches start to put runners in single events to get them more competition-minded as they move into February and get closer to the indoor Big Ten Championships.Aside from individuals competing at a high level this weekend, Beathea said he is looking forward to seeing the relay teams show what they can do.“We anticipate running our A (4×4) team this weekend,” Beathea said. “Right now (it’s) a top 10 relay team in the country, we hope (it) will be competitive.”As the indoor season continues on into another weekend of races, Beathea said it is exciting because team members are becoming more tightly knit.“It’s nice to go to the meet and see the guys engaging in what other guys are doing. Guys supporting each other, that’s what it is supposed to look like — less like an individual sport and more like a team sport,” Beathea said.That camaraderie of the team is something he anticipates will help make them successful this weekend.“We want to go out and compete. We want for other teams to know that we were at the meet,” Beathea said. “We want to have a presence at the competition.”The meet is scheduled to start Friday and continue through Saturday. read more