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Shiva Thapa makes history in Asian Championships, Sarita in last 4

Assam boxer assured of fourth straight medal at tournament in Bangkok, defeats Thailand’s Rajkran Juntrong; Manipur veteran L Sarita Devi also enters semis

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Bangkok: Assam-origin boxer Shiva Thapa advanced to the semifinals of the Asian Championships being held in Bangkok, Thailand, thereby becoming the first Indian boxer to be assured of a fourth successive medal at the coveted tournament. Continuing India’s stupendous run at the championships, veteran L Sarita Devi (60kg) also entered the semifinals for the first time in nearly a decade.

Joining Thapa in the men’s semifinals were Commonwealth Games silver-medalist Satish Kumar (+91kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg) and Ashish (69kg).

The 25-year-old defeated Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong in a one-sided lightweight (60kg) contest. He prevailed 5-0 and had a tough semifinal lined up against Kazakhstan''s Zakir Safiullin, a silver-medalist from the 2015 edition.

Manipur veteran Sarita Devi also entered the semifinals of the Asian Championships
Manipur veteran Sarita Devi also entered the semifinals of the Asian Championships
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Thapa won gold in 2013, a bronze in 2015 and silver in the 2017 edition of the marquee continental event.

Commonwealth Games bronze-medalist Naman Tanwar (91kg) bowed out after losing his quarterfinal bout to Jordan’s Hussein Eishaish Iashaish 0-5.

Former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) too booked her maiden semifinal berth at the tournament, beating Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay in the quarters.