India's Olympic moments: Vijender Singh wins bronze


At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, not much was expected from the young Vijender Singh, created history by winning bronze and thus becoming the first boxer to win a medal in Olympics for India.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Vijender booked his bronze medal defeating Carlos Gongora of 9–4 in the quarterfinals to ensure him the bronze. Vijender lost 5–8 to Cuba's Emilio Correa in the semi-finals and shared a bronze medal with Ireland's Darren Sutherland.

His Olympic bronze earned him a series of awards back home, including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sporting honor, in 2008. A few months after Vijenders arned a bronze at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championship in Milan, he was declared the world No. 1 middleweight boxer by the AIBA International Boxing Association.

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