Mary Kom in final; 7 medals assured for India in Poland

Five-time world champion Mary Kom, who got a direct entry into the 48kg category semifinals due to the small size of the draw, defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the semifinals to be assured of at least a silver.

Mary Kom is returning to the ring after missing the recently-concluded Asian Games in Jakarta due to minor fitness issues.   -  AFP

M C Mary Kom advanced to the finals, while L Sarita Devi made the semifinals as Indian boxers assured themselves of seven medals in the 13th International Silesian Championship for women in Gliwice, Poland.

Five-time world champion Mary Kom, who got a direct entry into the 48kg category semifinals due to the small size of the draw, defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the semifinals to be assured of at least a silver.

India’s only Asian Games gold medal-winning woman boxer is returning to the ring after missing the recently-concluded edition in Jakarta due to minor fitness issues.

Sarita, a former world champion and Asian Games bronze-medallist, beat Czech Republic’s Alena Czechy 5-0 on Wednesday night. She will now square off against Kazakhstan's Karina Ibragimova in the semifinals.

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Among other Indians in the fray, Ritu Grewal won her bout against Russia’s Svetlana Rosja 4-1 to make the 51kg category semifinals along. Joining them in the last-four stage were former Asian youth champion Manisha (54kg) and Pooja Rani (81kg).

Manisha out-punched former world champion Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan 5-0, while Pooja defeated Ukraine’s Anastasiia Chernokolenko in her quarterfinals bout by a split verdict.

In the youth competition, Jyoti Gulia (51kg) advanced to the medal round with a 5-0 win over Germany’s Rafaela Arampatzi.

However, Seema Punia (+81kg), Pwilao Basumatary (64kg) and Shashi Chopra (57kg) lost their respective bouts to bow out of medal contention. Seema was beaten by Kazakh Lazzat Kungeibayeva 5-0, while Basumatary lost by a similar margin to Poland’s Natalia Barbusinska. Shashi, on the other hand, lost to England’s Anglia Chapmen, also a unanimous verdict.

In the junior competition, Raj Sahiba (70kg) defeated Poland’s Barbara Marcinkowska 5-0. In the 75kg category, Neha got the better of Daria Parada by a similar margin, while Komal (80kg) had to toil for a 3-2 win over Martyna Jancelewicz.