Guwahati: Kunjarani Devi Thongam of Manipur joined reigning Asian youth champions Ravina, Vishwanath Suresh and Vanshaj and three others to confirm their places on the podium after taking opposing victories in their respective quarterfinals at the IBA Youth and World Youth Boxing Championships 2022 in La Nucia, Spain.
Bhawna Sharma (48 kg), Lashu Yadav (70 kg) and Ashish (54 kg) are the country’s other boxers who are also assured of at least bronze medals after securing their place in the semifinals.
However, it was the curtain for the other boxer from Manipur, Griviya Devi Huidrom in the Indian squad, after she lost 0-5 to Kazakhstan’s Elina Bazarova in the women’s 54 kg quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Kunjarani reached the last four stages of the women’s up to 60 kg category after a convincing 5-0 victory over Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kabdolda. In the other quarterfinals, Ravina defeated Romania’s Alexandra Cretu in the 63 kg bout, before Bhavana and Lashu defeated Venezuela’s Evimir Brito and Mexico’s Zuzet Hernandez respectively.
Meanwhile, it was a mixed day for India in the men’s division as three of the five managed to progress to the medal rounds. Vishwanath (48 kg) and Vanshaj (63.5 kg) recorded unanimous victories over Australian Jye Kerr and Omar Livaza from Kyrgyzstan respectively. Ashish, on the other hand, had to work hard against Scotland’s Aaron Cullen as the result was declared 4-3 in favor of the Indian after the fight was judged.
Deepak (75kg) and Mohit (86kg) were the two Indian male boxers who suffered defeats in the quarterfinals.
Nearly 600 boxers from 73 countries took part in the ongoing event. With 17 Indians qualifying for the final 8 stage, it is the highest of any country in the event, followed by Kazakhstan (16) and Uzbekistan (13).
With seven medals confirmed, Tamanna (50kg), Preeti Dahiya (57kg), Devika Ghorpade (52kg), Muskan (75kg) and Kirti (+81kg) will look to increase India’s medal tally as they compete in the the women’s quarterfinals on Tuesday. Rhythm (+92) and Jadumani Singh Mandengbam (51kg) will also compete in the men’s eighth stage. The semi-finals take place on Wednesday and the finals on Friday and Saturday.
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