By Marcus Bellinger (@marcusknockout)
The past week has seen both the men’s and women’s elite Asian Championships taking place in Bangkok and today the 20 gold medallists were crowned.
Beginning with the men’s competition at light flyweight (49kg), Deepak of India went down to a split decision to Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov of Uzbekistan.
There was better luck for India at flyweight (52kg), as Amit Panghal triumphed over South Korea’s Kim Inkyu via unanimous decision to add Asian Championship gold to his Asian Games victory from last year.
Uzbekistan claimed their second gold up at bantamweight (56kg) as Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov unanimously out pointed India’s Kavinder Singh Bisht to also become an Asian Games and Asian champion.
Erdenebat Tsendbaatar was the third man to add to his Asian Games gold as the Mongolian defeated Zakir Safiullin of Kazakhstan via unanimous decision at lightweight (60kg).
We had 2 surprise finalists at light welterweight (64kg) but it was Tajikistan’s Bakhodir Usmonov who took the split verdict over Jordan’s Obada Al-Kasbeh.
Uzbekistan’s Bobo Usmon Baturov also added to his Asian Games gold as he won via split decision versus Japan’s Quincy Mensa Okazawa at welterweight (69kg).
Kazakhstan grabbed their first gold medal as middleweight Tursynbay Kulakhmet scored a unanimous decision over Ashish Kumar of India.
Bek Nurmagambet prevailed at light heavyweight (81kg) as the Kazak overcame Filipino John Nobel Marvin via unanimous decision.
After stunningly knocking out Vasiliy Levit in the semi-final South Korea’s Kim Hyeong-kyu caused yet another sizable upset as he defeated talented Uzbek Sanjar Tursunov in the final of the heavyweight (91kg) category on a split decision.
There were no such shocks in the super heavyweight (+91 kg) division as Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov squared off against Kazakhstan’s Kamshybek Kunkabayev and it was the Uzbek who won by split decision.
Now onto the women’s tournament and at light flyweight (48kg) Josie Gabuco claimed gold for the Philippines as she took the split decision against North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi.
At flyweight (51kg) Pang Chol Mi of North Korea was the split decision victor against Vietnam’s Nguyen THI Tam.
China claimed the bantamweight (54kg) title as Shi Qian defeated Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei via unanimous decision.
At featherweight (57kg) Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei defeated Thailand’s Nilawam Techasuep via unanimous decision.
China were amongst the gold medals once again, this time at lightweight (60kg) as Yang Wenlu took a split point’s verdict over Chinese Taipei’s Wu Shih-Yi.
It was yet another win for China as Dou Dam got the split decision over India’s Simranjit Kaur at light welterweight (64kg).
The success for China continued at welterweight (69kg) as Gu Hong was declared the winner via split decision against Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei
The middleweight (75kg) crown was won by Li Qian of China who unanimously out pointed South Korea’s Seon Sujin.
There was joy for India as Pooja Rani claimed light heavyweight gold with a split decision win over Wang Lina of China.
The last bout at (+81kg) saw Yang Xiaoli of China victorious by unanimous decision over Nguyen Thi Phvong of Vietnam.
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