Boxer Manju ends medal jinx
Oct 10, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
With some outstanding punches being landed on Kenya’s Nicholas Okoth, Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi easily outplayed his opponent to reach the semi-finals of the 56 kg weight category of the boxing competitions of 19th Commonwealth Games here in New Delhi yesterday.
Wanniarachchi won 10-1 at the Tal Kotora Indoor Stadium in front of a huge support extended by the hundreds of Indians and a few Sri Lankans.
With this victory, Wanniarachchi has already secured the bronze medal and his next bout will decide weather he is going for the Gold.
Wanniarachchi had a stiff opposition from the 2008 Olympian Nicholas but with some hard punches and the Kenyan rarely had a chance to do the same. Lankan was in front from the beginning but at the latter part of the second round, a punch landed on his face, causing a cut above his left eye.
It was a critical moment that team manager Dian Gomesz said after the match that if the referee saw blood coming out, the match would have been stopped, offering the victory for the Kenyan.