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Vijender loses in semis, settles for bronze

August 22, 2008

Indian boxer Vijender Kumar had to settle for a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics after losing to Cuba's Emilio Correa Bayeaux in the semi-finals of the 75 kg category in Beijing on Friday.

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  • The 22-year-old was simply out-thought by his Cuban opponent, who negated the height and reach advantage of Vijender by fighting from a safe distance to score an 8-5 victory.

    "Once he [Correa] went 3-0 ahead, a comeback was always difficult. I tried my best and reduced the gap in the second round but could not really pull it off," a dejected Vijender said after the bout.

    Vijender is the first Indian boxer to clinch an Olympic medal. His bronze is India's third medal from the Beijing Games, after Abhinav Bindra's gold in shooting and wrestler Sushil Kumar's bronze.

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