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Vijender retains top spot in AIBA rankings

February 11, 2010 14:08 IST

Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh held on to the top spot in the middlewight category in the latest International Boxing Association (AIBA) rankings.

Vijender, who clinched a silver medal at the Champion of Champions tournament in China earlier this month, has 2513 points.

The Indian is followed by Olympic silver medallist Emilio Correa Bayeux, who has been out of action because of a wrist injury. Bayeux has 2300 points and is followed by Uzbek Abbos Atoev (1875) to whom Vijender lost in the World Championship semi-finals last year.

Among other Indians, Asian Championship silver medalist Thokchom Nanao Singh rose two rungs to sixth in the light fly weight (48kg) division with 1400 points.

Fellow Manipuri Suranjoy Singh, who won gold medals at the Asian Championships and the season-ending President's Cup last year, also jumped a couple of places to 16th in the fly weight (51kg) rankings with 800 points.

Injury-hit Jitender Kumar, who won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships, dropped four spots to 18th with 753 points in the bantam weight (54kg) division.

Three-time Olympian and 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar remained static at the 10th spot in the feather weight (57kg) with 900 points.

Asian Championship silver medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) was 23rd in the latest list, which is an improvement of three places. He has 675 points to his credit.

Olympian Dinesh Kumar, who also won a silver at the Champion of Champions, dropped a rung to seventh with 1413 points in the light heavy weight (81kg) division.

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