Yet again, Indian girls have made the country proud and this time, it happened in the field of boxing. At the Valeria Demyanova Memorial International tournament held in Ukraine on December 16, the Indian junior female boxers bagged four gold, three silver and a bronze, totalling a tally of eight.
In the 60 kg category, Arundhati Choudhary clinched the first gold medal. One of her powerful punches hit Kazakhstan’s Uljanay so hard that the referee had to halt the contest in the second round.
The same situation occurred in the finals of the 70 kg category after which India’s Raj Sahiba clinched the gold.
The third gold medal came from the 66 kg weight category. Local girl Irina Notatina was easily defeated and Mitika Sanjay turned out to be the winner. This match also ended in the second round.
The fourth and the final gold was won in the 88 kg category where Komal dominated in the ring and took the game home by an unbeaten 3-0.
Haryana’s Jhalak Tomar bagged silver in the 54 kg category and defeated Ukraine’s Farhudinova Valeryia. Jhalak previously received support from Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj regarding the issuance of her passport. In return, Swaraj demanded a medal and Jhalak didn’t disappoint the foreign minister as well.
The other two silver medals were won in the 48 kg and 80 kg and above categories. Sanjeeta, in 48 kg category, defeated Ukraine’s Fabulyak Victoria while Lipakshi lost the finals and had to satisfy with silver.
Mounika Baggu turned out a bit unfortunate as she lost the semifinals to Setmonia Kaller who hails from Ukraine. She bagged the bronze medal.