Terming the performance of the Indian pugilists at the World Women’s Boxing Championship as heroic would be an understatement, for seldom you would find a boxer entering the ring with an old injury and coming out unscathed.
Lehka KC, despite a scar in her right arm left by multiple fractures in 2002, proved a point when she overpowered world No. 2 Anita Ducza of Hungary 24-6. She is joined by four of her compatriots in the summit clash.
“I had broken my arm while playing judo in college,” she recalls. “The contest was so tough that I ended up with multiple fractures. And this was the second time I had broken the same arm,” says Lekha.
Chhoto Loura had a similar story to narrate, but she was not lucky enough against Turkey’s Hasibe Erkoc in the 50kg. “I suffered a nasty fall from the bus in 2002 and was operated upon. Since then I have been plagued by stiffness in the legs.” The Hissar girl, however, gave a good account of herself losing 8-17. “I am lucky that I can still participate,” she said.
Earlier, MC Mary Kom continued her victory run and entered the final, defeating Jong Ok of North Korea 208 in the 46kg category. Incidentally, she had defeated the Korean girl in the last edition of the championship too.
In the title clash she will be up against Steluta Duta of Romania, who too had lost to the Manipuri girl during the Venus Cup in October this year. Mary Kom’s victory in the final would give her a unique distinction — a hat-trick of titles at the world championships.
Besides, the victory would be a perfect birthday gift for her, she turns 25 on November 24.
There was an upset of sorts when Andhra girl N Usha routed defending champion Mihaela Cijevschi on Romania, 15-10 in the 57kg category.
Semifinal results (all Indians) 46kg MC Mary Kom bt Jong Ok (DPR Kor) 208, 50kg Chhotu Loura lost to Hasibe Erkoc (Tur) 8-17, 52 kg Sarita Devi bt Samiha A Ali Hassan (Egy) 20-7 (RSC), 57 kg N Usha bt Mihaela Cijevschi (Rom) 15-10, 63kg RL Jenny bt Katie Dunn (Can) 25-19, 66 kg Aruna Mishra lost to Aya Cissoko (Fra) 8-13, 75 kg Lekha KC bt Anita Ducza (Hun) 24-6, 80 kg Renu lost to Chitiqua Hemingway (US) 7-10.