Vastavam web: India’s boxing challenge at the ongoing Youth Olympics ended at the very first hurdle after former world champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) lost her quarterfinal bout to Italy’s Martina La Piana here. Gulia was the lone Indian boxer to qualify for the Games owing to her world title and lost in a unanimous 0-5 verdict to the Italian on Monday night.
The 17-year-old Indian from Haryana was expected to do well at the event given that she was coming off a gold medal winning performance at the Silesian Open in Gliwice, Poland last month. Shiva Thapa and Vikas Krishan delivered a silver and a bronze medal respectively, which remain India’s best performance. While Shiva won his silver in the 54kg category, Vikas finished with a bronze in the 60kg division.