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Kharpran wins first international gold

Standing at the podium with the national anthem being played,some old memories rushed back to Torak Kharpran.

Standing at the podium with the national anthem being played,some old memories rushed back to Torak Kharpran. He recalled the four walls of his room that was his ring,and his brother,his sparring partner. “Those were really hard days. I wanted to become a boxer but could not afford the training. My brother Larry Kharpran,state coach,suggested that we use our room for practice and that is where my journey started,” Kharpran,who won his first international gold in the 54 kg category of the AK Misra Senior Men Boxing Championship in Chandigarh on Sunday,said.

When his father passed away,young Kharpran was pushed further into misery. “It was only when my brother finished his diploma course in physical education that I could persist with my passion,” he said. He won a few local tournaments and then graduated to national level meets,where he caught the eye of national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu. Two years ago,he was selected to train at the NIS in Patiala. “I’m grateful to Sandhu sir for having given me the chance to train at the NIS,” Kharpran said.

Coming of age

However,it was not until the Bathinda senior nationals in September 2008 that Kharpran’s fleeting dreams started to seem real. The Meghalaya boy stunned Sydney Olympian and then reigning bantam-weight national champion S Suresh Singh (CISF) in the final. “That was a big moment of my life. That win made me believe I could take on any opponent,” he said.

On Sunday,three days after defeating Olympian Jitender,Kharpran got emotional after his win over Uzbek Shayimov Orzubek in the final. “It would have been great if my father was alive today. I dedicate this win to him,” he said.

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The bout was tough but his unwavering confidence helped him. “We were 3-3 in the first round but after scoring some points in the second round,I decided to guard first so that I don’t gift him any points,” said the 27-year-old,who won 9-7.

Results (finals):

LightFly 48kg: Nanao Singh (SSCB) bt Madan (HAR) 10-0; Fly 52kg: Suranjay Singh (SSCB) bt Sunil Kumar (HAR) 9-0; Bantam 54kg: Torak Kharpran (MEG) bt Shayimov Orzubek (UZB) 9-7; Light 60kg: Jai Bhagwan (HAR) bt Ahmedov Kamoldin (UZB) 6-0; Light Welter 64kg: Balwinder (YCI) bt Hudayberdyev Serder (TKM) 7-5; Welter 69kg: Dilbagh (RSPB) bt Suresh Kumar (CHD) 6-1; Middle 75kg: Kilichev Farrukh (UZB) bt Kuldeep (PUN) 10-8; Light Heavy 81kg: Jagat Singh (YCI) bt Jasvir (RSPB) 3-0; Gurlal Singh (PUN) bt Krishan Kumar (AIP) 7-0; Super Heavy +91kg: Ram Singh (PUN) bt Paramjit Sahota (RSPB) 6-4