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Opening bout win a great confidence booster, says boxer Manoj after reaching pre-quarters

Updated: Aug 13, 2016 10:47 IST      
Opening bout win a great confidence booster, says boxer Manoj after reaching pre-quarters

By Vivek Prabhakar Singh

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Aug. 13 (ANI): Indian boxer Manoj Kumar, who has made it to the pre-quarterfinals of the Men's Light Welter 64kg event at the ongoing Rio Olympics, has said he will take the confidence from his emphatic first round win as he is looking forward to clinch an elusive Olympic medal for the country.

Manoj booked his place in the pre-quarterfinals after knocking down Lithuania's former lightweight Olympic bronze-medallist Evaldas Petrauskas 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 in three rounds of the thrilling preliminary bout.

While calling on his fans to pray for him, the 29-year-old said he is confident to put up an improved performance in the crucial match.

"I have gained a lot of confidence after beating London Olympic medallist in the opening bout. I will take this confidence in the next bout. I have full support of Indian fans. I am hopeful to clinch the victory in the upcoming match. My hard work and trust gives me confidence. My preparation has been going well with the help of my coach Rajesh Kumar. I will surely achieve better this time. I want to request my fans to pray for me. I have come here for gold and working hard for it. I am taking one match at a time," Manoj told ANI.

Manoj, who hails from Haryana's Kaithal district, will play against Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan for a place in the last eight. (ANI)

AIFF President training session of U17 WC team

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 04:52 IST     

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Mithali Raj named captain of ICC Women's World Cup 2017 team

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 18:32 IST     

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SC bars N. Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah from attending BCCI SGM

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 17:10 IST     

Mumbai [India], July 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday restrained former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N. Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah from attending the Special General Meeting (SGM), scheduled to be held on July 26, as a nominee of state association.

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Updated: Jul 24, 2017 15:13 IST     

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Updated: Jul 24, 2017 13:26 IST     

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KL Rahul suffering from high fever; could miss Galle Test

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 11:55 IST     

Colombo [Sri Lanka], July 24 (ANI): Indian opener KL Rahul, who is suffering from fever, could miss the first Test of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at Galle starting July 26 after he missed the training on Monday.

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Updated: Jul 24, 2017 11:25 IST     

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Updated: Jul 24, 2017 10:21 IST     

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AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers: India rout Turkmenistan 3-1

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 09:13 IST     

Doha [Qatar], July 24 (ANI): India signed off their AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers campaign in style by overpowering Turkmenistan by a whopping margin of 3-1 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Sunday.

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Updated: Jul 24, 2017 08:41 IST     

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