Indian boxers ruled the ring at the 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina youth tournament, ending with seven gold medals to claim the overall top spot in the event in Subotica, Serbia. Four men and three women clinched gold medals at the tournament, which featured 17 countries. India finished first with 17 medals, including six silver and four bronze.
Russia fetched 11 medals (3 gold, 2 silver, and 6 bronze), but ended up third behind Kazakhstan, who had a better gold medal count (5) in their overall haul of seven medals. The gold medal winners for India were Aman (+91kg), Akash Kumar (56kg), S Barun Singh (49kg), Vijaydeep (69kg), Nitu (48kg), Divya Pawar (54kg), and Lalita (69kg).
Aman, who got a direct entry into the final owing to the presence of just two boxers in his draw, defeated his lone challenger in Hungarian Laszlo Felfoldi 5-0 for the top honors. Barun fetched a split 4-1 triumph over crowd favorite Rade Joksimovic. Akash had to toil harder for his 3-2 win over Argentine Jehiel Mirco Cuello. Vijaydeep, too, endured a tough contest before prevailing 3-2 over Kazakhstan’s Azat Assanov.
Reigning youth world champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) was outwitted by Italian Martina Pianna in a close 2-3 result. Manisha (64kg) also went down by a similar margin to Russia’s Lanna Maliuganova. Neha Yadav (+81kg), a direct entrant into the final, was beaten 0-5 by Kazakhstan’s Dina Islambekova. In the men’s competition, Ankit lost 1-4 to Scotland’s Reese Lynch, while Akash (64kg) went down 2-3 to Thailand’s Bannaphon Pannon. Nitin Kumar (75kg) also lost a close bout against Thailand’s Weerapon Jongjoho. Saskhi (51kg), Sakshi Gaidhani (81kg), Bhavesh Kintamani (52kg) and Anamika (51kg) got bronze medals after losing their respective semifinal bouts.