State boxers sizzle at Asian championship

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IMPHAL, March 25: Two boxers from the state Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi snatched Gold medals in their respective weight categories to help India get the Runners Up trophy at the 6th Asian Women’s Boxing Championship at Ulaanbaatar.

India finished with 2 Gold, four silver and two Bronze medal to stay at the Runners up podium.

“Mary Kom in the Olympic weight category of 51 kgs defeated twice World Champion & Asian Games 2010 Gold Medalist Ren Cancan of China on points 14:8”.

“At the end of Round 1 Mary was leading by 2:1 which increased to 7:3 by the end of Round 2 and to 11:6 by the end of Round 3 and 14:8 by the end of Round 4” stated a press statement of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation”.

“Magnificent Mary was simply unstoppable today and she has proved her mettle by taking sweet revenge on her Asian Games 2010 loss to Ren Cancan” it added.

Former World Champion in 2006, L Sarita Devi took the other yellow metal for India in her 60 Kgs weight category which is another Olympic Games weight category.

“In the 60 kgs which is another Olympic Games weight category, former World Champion in 2006 Sarita Devi defeated last Asian Championship Gold Medalist Chorieva Mavzuna of Tajkistan on points 16:9. At the end of Round 1 Sarita was leading by 5:1, which increased to 9:3 by the end of Round 2 and becane 13:5 by the end of Round 3 and ended Round 4 with a final score of 16:9”.

“Sarita had beaten current Asian Games Gold Medalist and former World Champion Cheng Dong of China in the semifinals yesterday by a large margin of 26:15. In the last World Championships at Barbados, Cheng Dong had lost a very close bout to Katie Taylor of Ireland and had to settle for the Silver then” the statement added.

In the 48 kgs Pinki jangra lost a very hard fought clsoe bout to Bolortuul Tumurhuyag of Mongolia on points 22:24.

It was the local crowd support and cheering which helped the Mongolian girl to edge ahead in the final tally although Pinki had put up a gallant fight.

In the 54 kgs Sonia Lather fought bravely but lost on points 8:12 to Ke Jia Luu of China and had to settle for the Silver medal.

In the 69 kgs Monica Saun lost to Dong Mei wang of China on points 10:13. Monica fought courageously and was close on the heels of the Chinese boxer but experience helped the Chinese boxer to win the Gold and Monica the Silver.

In the third Olympic Weight category of 75 kgs Pooja Rani lost to the World Champion and Asian Games Gold Medalist Jinzi Li of China on points 8:15.

Further according to the statement, “Abhay Singh Chautala, president, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation congratulated the whole Indian Contingent for the stupendous performance by the boxers and the coaches as well as the support staff of Doctor, Physiotherapist and Masseurs and hoped that this performance will be bettered at the World Championships and Olympic Qualifying Tournament at China in May 2012”.

“Special mention needs to be made about the Coaches Dronacharya Awardee Anoop Kumar and Dronacharya Awardee D Chandralal and their team of assistant coaches Hemlata Bagadwal and Geeta Chanu who have made this dream performance come true. They were ably supported by the Team Doctor Dr Sanjogita Soodan and the Physio Hema Valecha” the statement added.

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