New Delhi, Apr 23:
It rained gold for India’s women boxers at the youth world championships in Kielce, Poland on Thursday with six of them notching up top finishes after stunningly dominant summit victories.
Gitika (48kg), Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg), Poonam (57kg), Vinka (60kg), Arundhati Choudhary (69kg) and Thokchom Sanamachu Chanu (75kg) clinched gold medals.
While Gitika prevailed 5-0 over Poland’s Natalia Kuczewska, Babyrojisana defeated Valeriia Linkova of Russia by a similar margin after a close opening round.
Later, Poonam, Vinka added to the gold rush. While Poonam clinched a 5-0 triumph over France’s Sthelyne Grosy, Vinka out-classed Kazakhstan’s Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova forcing the referee to stop the contest midway through the final round.
For Arundhati, local favourite Barbara Marcinkowska hardly posed any challenge as the Indian walked away with a 5-0 triumph in the final.
Chanu came through after an engrossing clash against Kazakhstan’s Dana Diday which ended with the Indian prevailing in a split verdict.
With this, India’s women boxers bettered their best ever haul of five medals that was achieved in the 2017 edition in Guwahati. Babyrojisana fought out a more intense battle. Both the boxers spent the opening round taking a measure of each other but the Indian landed enough straights to get a 3-2 verdict in her favour in the first three minutes.
“This has been an amazing effort from our youth boxers especially when the players had to be confined at home for most part of the last year and only make do with online training sessions,” said Boxing Federation of Indian President Ajay Singh.
“Our coaches and support staff did a stellar job despite the limitations and challenges. This achievement is a testament of the talent we have in the upcoming generation of Indian boxing,” he added.