Shiva Thapa clinches gold in 60 kg category bout in Czech Republic

Guwahati, July 31: Assam’s pride Shiva Thapa won gold in the 60kg category bout at the 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem at the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Significantly, the Indian boxers managed to clinch five golds, two silvers and one bronze medal at the meet. Besides Thapa, former Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Manoj Kumar (69kg), Amit Phangal (52kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) and Satish Kumar (91kg+) claimed gold medals after winning their respective summit clashes last night. Thapa beat Slovakia’s Filip Meszaros 5-0 in the final.

However, Kavinder Bisht (52kg) and Manish Panwar (81kg) had to settle for silver medals. Earlier, Sumit Sangwan (91kg) had claimed a bronze after going down in the semifinals.

Speaking to TIME8, Padam Thapa, father of Shiva Thapa, said, “This was training-cum-competition for the upcoming World Championship event at Hamburg in Germany from August 25, 2017. This was an exposure for the upcoming event. We can also label it as a grooming session for the event. Shiva also went for training in France for about two weeks before proceeding for the Czech Republic.”