KIELCE, Apr 21
Eight Indian boxers, including seven women, stormed into the finals of the Youth World Championships in Kielce, Poland, an unprecedented achievement for India.
Three others from India settled for bronze medals.
Indian pugilists have done enough to ensure it betters its performance during the 2018 edition of the competition, in Hungary, when it won 10 medals.
The ones who made the finals, to be held on Thursday after a rest day on Wednesday, were Gitika (48kg), Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg), Vinka (60kg), Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), Poonam (57kg), Thokchom Sanamachu Chanu (75kg) and Alfiya Pathan (+81kg) among women. Among men, only Sachin (56kg) made the summit clash while three others signed off with bronze medals.
Gitika defeated Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro 5-0 to set up a clash with Poland’s Natalia Dominika, while Vinka prevailed 4-1 against Czech Republic’s Veronika Gajdova. Vinka will next take on Kazakhstan’s Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova.
Arundhati had little trouble getting past Uzbekistan’s Khadichabonu Abdullaeva in a unanimous 5-0 verdict and she will be up against Poland’s Barbara Marcinkowska in her summit showdown.
Babyrojisana, the Asian youth champion, defeated Italy’s Elen Ayari. She will face Russia’s Valeriia Linkova in the final.
Poonam sailed past Uzbekistan’s Sitora Turdibekova 5-0, and France’s Sthelyne Grosy awaits her in the gold medal bout.
Sanamacha clinched a 4-1 triumph over Poland’s Daria Parada. She will square off against Kazakhstan’s Dana Diday in her last bout of the event.
Alfiya had a tough contest against Poland’s Oliwia Toborek but did enough to prevail 3-2. Moldova’s Daria Kozorez will be her opponent in the final. In the evening session, Sachin was the lone Indian to triumph, beating Italy’s Michele Baldassi. He will fight it out with Kazakhstan’s Yerbolat Sabyr for the top honours on Friday.
Asian youth silver-winner Ankita Narwal (64kg), Bishwamitra Chongthom (49kg) and Vishal Gupta (91kg) ended their campaigns with third-place finishes following semifinal defeats. Ankit and Bishwamitra lost in split 4-1 decisions to Kazakhstan’s Sabirzhan Akkalykov and Sanzhar Tashkenbay, respectively.
Vishal was beaten 5-0 by Poland’s Jakub Straszewski.
Men: Quarterfinals: 49kg: Bishwamitra Chongtham bt Omer Ametovic (Srb) 5-0; 56kg: Sachin bt Dilshod Abdumurodov (Uzb) 3-2; 64kg: Ankit Narwal bt Ezequiel Da Cruz (Bra) 5-0; 91kg: Vishal Gupta bt Madi Amirov (Kaz) 3-2.
Women: Semifinals: 48kg: Gitika bt Erika Prisciandaro (Ita) 5-0; 51kg: Babyrojisana Chanu bt Lucia Ayari (Ita) 5-0; 57kg: Poonam bt Sitora Turdibekova (Uzb) 5-0; 60kg: Vinka bt Veronika Gajdova (Cze) 4-1; 69kg: Arundhati Chaudhary bt Khadichabonu Abdullaeva (Uzb) 5-0; 75kg: Sanamacha Chanu bt Daria Parada (Pol) 4-1; +81kg: Alfiya Pathan bt Oliwia Toborek (Pol) 3-2.
Men: Semifinals: 49kg: Bishwamitra Chongtham lost to Sanzhar Tashkenbay (Kaz) 4-1; 56kg: Sachin bt Michele Baldassi (Ita) 5-0; 64kg: Ankit Narwal lost to Sabirzhan Akkalykov (Kaz) 4-1; Vishal Gupta lost to Jakub Straszewski (Pol) 5-0. PTI