Bad Day For Assam At CWG 22 As Shiva Thapa, Popy Hazarika Exit

Both weightlifter Popy Hazarika and boxer Shiva Thapa ended their campaigns in disappointment and took their leaves from the tournament.
Shiva Thapa (left) and Popy Hazarika (right) exited from CWG 22 today
Shiva Thapa (left) and Popy Hazarika (right) exited from CWG 22 today

India’s glorious run in the Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG) hit a minor snag after back to back exits of Assam’s Popy Hazarika and Shiva Thapa from the tournament on Sunday.

On a day that saw Mizoram’s Jeremy Lalrinnunga win India’s second gold, it turned out to a disappointing outing for two of Assam’s athletes representing the country at the sporting event in Birmingham.

Both weightlifter Popy Hazarika and boxer Shiva Thapa ended their campaigns in disappointment and took their leaves from the tournament.

Popy Hazarika failed in her attempt to lift 107 kilograms in the women’s 59 kilograms category. This left her with a total lift of 183 kilograms and outside a podium finish.

She finished seventh after her combined total of the snatch and clean and jerk rounds could not guarantee a podium spot for her.

After failing to make successful lifts in the last two attempts of the snatch round, Hazarika made a recovery in the clean and jerk round and lifted 102kg but failed to lift 107kg in her third attempt, resulting in her bowing out.

This was also the first weightlifting event out of six for India which did not yield a medal.

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In a similar fashion earlier, boxer Shiva Thapa also crashed out of CWG 22. He lost to Scottish opponent Reese Lynch in the men’s 63.5 kilograms category.

Thapa lost 1-4 to Scotland’s Reese Lynch, who was a bronze medalist at the world championship, making it a disappointing exit from the tournament.

He had started brightly, outperforming his opponent in the first round, however, overconfidence and a lack of focus cost him as the Scot used his height and reach to his advantage in the next two rounds.

In the third and final round, Thapa could not do anything but defend as his opponent took him by surprise with an offensive approach. In the end, Lynch emerged victorious in the contest.

On the other hand, ace boxer Lovlina Borgohain, another athlete from the state representing the country, defeated New Zealand's Ariane Nicholson in the light middleweight 70 kilograms category in the CWG 22 on Saturday.

Lovlina defeated Ariane Nicholson, 5-0 by unanimous decision to sail through at the National Exhibition Centre.

The Assam pugilist will now face Rosie Eccles of Wales in the quarterfinals to be held on Wednesday.

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