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India assured of seven medals at Women’s World Youth Boxing Championship

India’s Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg), Ankushita Boro (64kg), Nitu (48kg) and Sakshi Choudhary (54kg) have entered the semi-finals of Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship and are assured of medals

other-sports Updated: Nov 22, 2017 23:43 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, Guwahati
Shashi Chopra  in action against Sandugash Abilkhan at the Women’s World Youth Boxing Championship.
Shashi Chopra in action against Sandugash Abilkhan at the Women’s World Youth Boxing Championship.(AIBA)

Indian boxers remained on course for their best ever performance at the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships, adding five more medals to the already assured two on the day of quarterfinals in Guwahati.

Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg), Ankushita Boro (64kg), Nitu (48kg) and Sakshi Choudhary (54kg) entered the semifinals after winning their respective quarterfinal bouts.

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They joined Neha Yadav (+81kg) and Anupama (81kg), who found themselves in the last-four stage due to the small size of the draws of their respective weight categories.

However, Niharika Gonella (75kg) and Astha Pahwa (69kg) bowed out of medal contention after going down to England’s Georgia O’Connor and Turkey’s Canser Oltu in their respective quarterfinal bouts.

First up for India today was Gulia, who took on Italy’s Giovanna Marchese. The Haryana-girl, an international gold- medallist, was her trademark aggressive self and had Marchese on the backfoot from the word go.

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Her dominance was consistent in all three rounds, earning a unanimous 5-0 verdict from the judges.

Next was Chopra, up against 10th seed Sandugash Abilkhan of Kazakhstan. Also an international gold-medallist, the Haryana-boxer did not have it as easy as the 5-0 scoreline might suggest.

Abilkhan was quite a handful, especially in the opening three minutes, but Chopra managed to outwit her by raising the tempo in the second and third round.

Boro, a two-time international silver-medallist fought through the most draining of the three Indian bouts.

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Squaring off against Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli, the local favourite waved off a rather stiff challenge. What saved the day for Boro was her admirable footwork and reflexes. Nicoli remained on attack mode in all three rounds but struggled to connect due to Boro’s solid guard and quick movement.

In the evening session, top seed Nitu, the reigning national champion, had no trouble sailing past Germany’s Maxi Klotzer.

Similar was the case of Sakshi, who defeated China’s Lu Xia to make the last-four stage.

India had won just one bronze medal in the previous edition of the event and the country has not won a gold in this event since 2011.

Over 150 boxers from 38 countries are competing in the event, being held in India for the first time.

First Published: Nov 22, 2017 22:12 IST

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