New Delhi, April 18
Five Indian boxers advanced to the quarterfinals of the Youth World Boxing Championships for men and women after clinching comfortable victories in their last-16 stage bouts in Kielce, Poland.
Among the women, Gitika (48kg) made the last eight on Saturday.
From the men’s contingent, Asian silver-medallist Ankit Narwal (64kg), Bishwamitra Chongtham (49kg), Sachin (56kg) and Vishal Gupta (91kg) stood just one win away from ensuring a medal for the country.
However, the campaign ended for Nisha Gurjar (64kg) after a 1-4 loss to Latvia’s Beatrise Rozentale.
Earlier, Gitika defeated Kazakhstan’s Arailym Marat 5-0.
Chongtham got the better of Mahdi Kohsroshahi by a similar margin before Sachin got the better of David Jimenez Valdez. His was also an unanimous victory.
Narwal went past Poland’s Oliwier Zamojski 4-1, while Vishal out-punched Croatia’s Borna Loncaric in his pre-quarterfinal bout.
India have fielded a 20-member team—10 men and as many women—in the competition, which features 414 boxers from 52 countries. PTI