Boxing: Historic performance by women pugilists as India wins seven gold medals at AIBA Youth World Championships

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: It was Indian women’s show all the way. Seven of them were finals and all of them finished  with a Gold each and in the process  they created history at the  AIBA Youth s World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland on Thursday.

The  finalists –Gitika (48kg) Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg), Poonam (57kg), Vinka (60kg), Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), T Sanamacha Chanu (75kg) and Alfiya Pathan (+81kg)— chalked out  facile victories as they brought laurels to the country .

They also finished as the No.1 team in the ongoing Championship ahead of Russia.Previously Indian women had won five gold medals during the 2017 edition of the  Championships held in Guwahati. 

Gitika led the charge for the country as she  knocked down local favourite Natalia Kuczewska 5-0 in the  48kg final and secured first gold medal for India at the on-going Championship.The Haryana boxer, had  came into the match beating two-time European Champion Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro,

The Asian Youth Champion Babyrojisana (51kg) and Poonam (57kg)  extended  winning momentum as the duo secured identical 5-0 victories to add two more gold medals. 

Manipur boxer Babyrojisana was  in great touch  and recorded a flawless win against the European Junior Champion Russian Valeriia Linkova, 

Poonam dominated her experienced opponent Sthelyne Grosy. With sharp and precise punches the Indian did not allow her opponent from France to score any point before completing an easy 5-0 triumph. 

Vinka (60kg)  produced a spectacular show as her power packed  punches  were too strong for Kazakhstan boxer Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova. Referee had to stop the contest and declare Indian as the winner.

Rajasthan boxer Arundhati added one more gold for Indian when she completed a fine 5-0 win against Polish boxer Barbara Marcinkowska in the 69kg final.

Asian Youth Champion Sanamacha, who trains at boxing great MC Mary Kom’s academy in Imphal, added the historic sixth gold  when she outperformed Kazakhstan’s Dana Diday 5-0 in the 75kg final.

Young boxer from Maharashtra Alfiya clinched the seventh gold as she stunned a strong contender European Youth Champion Moldova’s Daria Kozorez 5-0 .

Hailing the historic showing , Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President, Ajay Singh said “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.
“Our coaches and support staff did a stellar job despite the limitations and challenges. I congratulate all the winners on this unprecedented medal haul. This achievement is a testament of the talent we have in the upcoming generation of Indian boxing,” 

The only Indian men in the final, Sachin (56kg) will be in action on tomorrow.

Earlier, Bishwamitra Chongthom (49kg), Ankit Narwal (64kg) and Vishal Gupta (91kg) won three bronze medals for the country with the semi-finals finish.

A 20-member Indian contingent has already secured 11 medals at the on-going Youth World Championships bettering their previous best of 10 medals in 2018 edition.

A 10-day biennial event, which had the men’s and women’s championship played together for the first time during the 2018 edition in Hungary, has witnessed high competition in presence of 414 boxers from 52 countries.  

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