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Vijender Kumar

April 10, 2011

Vijender Kumar

Vijender Kumar


Vijender Kumar was born on October 29, 1985 in Kaluwas, Haryana. He became the first Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal when he won the bronze medal in the middleweight category at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. At the start of his career, Vijender used to train at the Bhiwani Sports Authority of India Centre. His coach Jagdish Singh greatly helped in honing and developing his talent.
Vijender completed in the 2004 Athens Olympics but lost to Mustafa Karagollu of Turkey. He reached the finals at the 2006 Commomwealth Games but lost to South African Bongani Mwelase. He did however win the bronze medal at the 2006 Asian Games.
The 2008 Olympics were a turning point in Vijender’s career. He defeated Badou Jack of Gambia in the round of 32. He went on to defeat Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand in the round of 16 and reached the Middleweight boxing quarterfinals. On August 20, he then beat Ecuadorian Carols Gongora, which guarateed him a medal. In the semi-finals he lost to Cuban Emilio Correa and shared the bronze medal. This was India’s first Olympic medal for boxing.
In July 2009 Vijender Kumar received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honour for a sportsperson.

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