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Aruna storms into semis.

In all, Monday was a good day for the Indians as they won three of their four bouts.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 23:40 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Asian silver medallist Aruna Mishra stormed into the semifinals of 66 kg category at the 4th World Women's Boxing Championships while Asian Champion Aswathy Mol was made to bite the dust by a Pan-American Champion in 70kg class in New Delhi on Monday.

Aruna ousted Yeliz Yesil of Turkey in the quarterfinals by 17-7 while Aswathy's journey was cut short by the world number three Ariane Fortin of Canada 4-21 in another last eight stage bout.

In all, it was a good day for the hosts as they won three of their four bouts scheduled today with L Sarita Devi and Chhotu Laura advancing to the quarterfinals of 52kg and 50 kg divisions earlier in the day.

Aruna, who had got a wake up call on missing a medal in the recent Venus Cup in the build-up to the elite event, was determined not to repeat her mistakes in front of the home crowd.

The hefty Haryana boxer did not leave much room for her Turkish opponent and garnered nine points conceding 4 in the first round.

After gaining confidence, she was all around the ring in the second round pounding punches for points, increasing the gap to seven points.

In the deciding round also, the Indian kept the control in her own hands romping home unscathed.

However, Aswathy was completely out-of-form as she could not offer any resistance to her much fancied Canadian opponent and was pounded with a flurry of punches in the first round which she trailed 0-7.

First Published: Nov 20, 2006 23:40 IST