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Jitender, Virender make exit

ATHENS, AUG. 14. Andriy Fedchuk of Ukraine defeated India's Jitender Kumar in the first round of the 81kg category boxing event at the Olympic Games here on Saturday night.

Jitender failed to counter the barrage of punches from a much superior opponent who had the Indian, a gold medallist at the Afro-Asian Games, at his mercy.

Nearing the end of the second round, Fedchuk's opened a cut just above the Indian's left eye and the referee had to stop the contest because of Jitender's injury.

Incidentally, Fedchuk had defeated India's Gurcharan Singh at the Sydney Games in 2000 and went on to win the bronze medal.

Another blow

On Sunday, 18-year-old Vijender also lost to Mustafa Karagollu of Turkey 20-25 in the first round of the light welter weight (64kg) category.

Vijender, who had won the bronze in the pre-Olympic qualifying event at the same venue, fought well in the climax and collected seven points to his opponent's four after the Turkish boxer scored 6-4, 8-5, 7-4 for a 21-13 lead in the first three rounds.

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