Indian girls boxers log off with 5 gold medals at Montenegro youth tourney


New Delhi, February 22

Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg) and Arundhati Choudhary (69kg) stretched India’s tally to five gold medals as the country’s women boxers topped the overall list at the 30th Adriatic Pearl Tournament in Budva, Montenegro.

Lucky Rana (64kg) secured a silver to help India finish with 10 medals – five gold, three silver and two bronze.

Uzbekistan (2 gold) and Czech Republic (1 gold) ended at second and third positions respectively.

Three-time Khelo India gold-medallist Arundhati pulled off a dominating 5-0 victory against Ukraine’s Maryana Stoiko on Sunday.

Chanu, who trains at MC Mary Kom’s Imphal-based academy, got the better of Asian junior champion Sabina Bobokulova of Uzbekistan in a close fight which ended 3-2 in favour of the Indian.

However, Lucky suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Finnish boxer Lia Pukkila in final and had to be satisfied with a silver medal.

Alfiya Pathan (+81kg), Vinka (60kg) and T Sanamacha Chanu (75kg) are the other Indian women boxers who secured gold medals in their respective categories earlier in the tournament.

For her magnificent show, Vinka received the Best Woman Boxer of the Tournament award.

With two medals in the men’s category, the 19-member Indian team concluded its campaign with an overall second position (12 medals).

Uzbekistan and Ukraine claimed first and third positions respectively in the overall standings. PTI



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