Five Indians get shot at gold in AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship
Nitu (48kg) and Sakshi Chopra (54kg) won their respective semifinals to continue India’s best ever performance at the AIBA Women’s Youth World ChampionshipsUpdated: Nov 25, 2017 22:18 IST
Two more Indian boxers punched their way into the finals of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships while a third – Anupama in the light heavyweight category – found her Russian rival too hot to handle.
The victories of Nitu and Sakshi have ensured India five silver medals with three boxers having reached the finals on Friday.
This will be India’s best performance since the 2011 edition of the tournament when Sarjubala Devi of Manipur had won a gold medal.
Nitu (48 kg), the first to take the ring, found the defence of China’s Yuan Nie hard to break until the third round. A barrage of right straights in the final round impressed the judges.
Nitu meets Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Urakbayeva, who defeated Ireland’s Caitlin Fryers in a tough bout, in the light flyweight final.
The lively Sakshi (54 kg) had a relatively easier evening in the ring against Japan’s Irie Sena. The ferocity of the Haryana girl’s attack made the Japanese throw in the towel half-way through the second round.
Sakshi will be up against Ivy-Jane Smith of England in the bantamweight final on Sunday.
Anupama (81 kg) proved to be only disappointment for the host team. She had no answers to what Russia’s Anastasiia Rybak threw at her.
“Our boxers have performed really well. But they know they have be at their best to cross the final hurdle,” India’s head coach Bhaskar Bhatt told Hindustan Times.
On Friday, Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg) and Ankushita Boro (64kg) won the semifinal bouts in their respective weight categories.
Of the five finalists, four are from Haryana and one from Assam.
First Published: Nov 25, 2017 19:02 IST