The fast-rising Gaurav Solanki (52kg) notched up his second successive international gold medal and Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg) won the all-Indian final as India ended a strong campaign with six medals at the Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany on Saturday.
The Indian contingent picked up two gold, a silver and three bronze medals in all. The presence of powerhouse Cuba lent the competitive edge to the event’s small draws, in which several boxers had to win just one bout to be assured of medals.
Solanki, gold-medallist at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, pulled off a massive victory by edging past fancied Cuba’s Jorge Alejandro Merencio in a draining contest.
CWG bronze-winner Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), meanwhile, defeated former national champion Madan Lal in a rare all-Indian final at an away international tournament. Both Solanki and Husammuddin are employed with the Indian Army.
Commonwealth Games silver-winner Amit Panghal (49kg), another Army man, Dheeraj Rangi (64kg), and Narender (+91kg) claimed the bronze medals.