Indian pugilists clinch eight medals at ‘Balkan’ International Boxing Championship

Bulgaria, October 22: India’s young women boxers packed a mighty punch once again, claiming 8 medals, including 4 gold, in the ‘Balkan’ International Boxing Championship at Sofia and emerged as the most successful country in fray.

Theweek-long tournament, that was hand-picked for preparing the Indian women forthe prestigious AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship in Guwahati fromNovember 19 - 26, saw India’s top 10 youth women's boxers compete with 49others from 13 different countries

“I want to congratulatethe Indian contingent for yet another good show. This shows that we are on theright track for the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship that we arehosting next month,” Ajay Singh, President of the BFI, said, congratulating theyoung guns.

Netu (48 kg)began the gold charge, outclassing Emi-Mari Todorova of Bulgaria 5-0; Shashi(57 kgs) got the better of Italian Giordana Sorrentino for the country’s secondgold.

In the 54-kgsummit clash, the referee stopped the contest in Round two against BiancamariaTessari of Italy to hand Sakshi the third gold; Neha Yadav (+81 kgs), then,beat Adrienne Juhasz of Hungary 3-2 for the fourth gold medal.

Ankushita(64kg), however, lost out to Rebecca Nicolo of Italy to settle for the silver.

Joy Kumari(51kg), Anupama (+81 kgs) and Sapna (75 kgs) narrowly tumbled out in thesemifinal rounds to pick up a bronze each.

Italy,Hungary, England, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Sweden, Kosovo, Canada,Kazakhstan and Albania participated in the championship, making the 8-medalhaul that much more impressive.

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