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Poonia Settles For A Silver Medal At The Commonwealth Youth Games

India?s hope of bagging a gold at the 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games were dashed as Cuban Youth Olympics gold medallist, Rahul Poonia (49kg) ended on the losing side of the Championship battle against Jack Bateson of England. The 16 year old, who will have to be content with a silver medal, was the lone Indian to have made it to the finals of the games. He registered an easy victory over Nyiko Ndukula of South Africa to set up a summit clash with the English boxer.

Bateson, a quarter-finalist at the European Youth Championship, made an aggressive start, not giving Poonia many chances to score, but the Indian pugilists managed throw in a few straight punches to open his account. As the bout progressed, Poonia seemed out of sorts against the feisty offence of his English opponent. He tried hard to gain the advantage but failed to connect; Bateson though, kept increasing the margin with his body blows and short jabs. In the end Poonia lost the yellow metal by a 6:13 defeat on points.

Earlier in the tournament, Youth National Champion Surender Singh (75kg) had to settle for a bronze medal finish after losing in the round of four of the middle weight category. Singh, also a gold medallist at Cuban Youth Olympics suffered defeat at the hands of Grant Quigley of Scotland. India ended the boxing event of the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games with one silver medal and one bronze medal.


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