World Youth Women’s Boxing: Two under belt, India eyeing medal in all weights

The Indian camp is buoyed after ensuring two medals in the heavier weights and is targeting to maximise the number of podium finishes in the World youth women’s boxing championship, which started at the Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.

Mary Kom along with the Indian pugilists in Guwahati on Sunday.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

The Indian camp is buoyed after ensuring two medals in the heavier weights and is targeting to maximise the number of podium finishes in the World youth women’s boxing championship, which started at the Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.

The response of the combat sport-loving Guwahati crowd was lukewarm considering the fact that there was no Indian in fray in a short schedule, consisting of only nine bouts of 51kg category, of the first day which also witnessed an attractive opening ceremony.

Anupama (81kg) and Neha Yadav (+81kg) were among the lucky few who got byes to be in the semifinals without fighting a bout and ensure medals.

“We have got good draws. Since we have managed to get two medals, the target now is to help every girl in the remaining eight weights to land a medal,” said Bhaskar Bhatt, the head coach of India.

Three Indians – Shashi Chopra (57kg), Vanlalhariatpuii (60kg) and Ashtha Pahwa (69kg) – will start their campaign on Monday. Shashi will take on Durdonakhon Rakhmatova of Uzbekistan,  Vanlalhariatpuii will meet Aeji Im of South Korea and Astha will lock horns with Melis Yonuzova of Bulgaria.

“The training schedule for different set of girls is different. Those who are fighting tomorrow, the intensity is less and the focus is on maintaining weight and speed. Those who are fighting later do several rounds of sparring.

“The general area of attention is ring craft and the motivational aspect. They are being given various situations and examples. You don't know who will pick up which example and get motivated,” said Bhatt.

The results (preliminary round): 51kg: Chaewon Kim (Kor) bt Sanu Maya Thing (Nep) 5-0, Zhansaya Abdraimova (Kaz) bt Johanna Wonyou (Fra) 3-2, Indianna Heibloem (Aus) bt Shylah Waikai (NZ) 5-0, Anastasiia Lisinska (Ukr) bt Charlotte Hoffmann (Ger) 4-1, Kittiya Nampai (Tha) bt Chloe Watson (Eng) 3-2, Beyza Saracoglu (Tur) bt Imesha Kumarage Watthe (Sri) 5-0, Khongorzul Delgerkhangai (Mgl) bt Goryana Stoeva (Bul) 5-0, Ekaterina Molchanoa (Rus) bt Shauna Blaney (Irl) 5-0, Madina Gaforova (Tjk) bt Yan Wang (Chn) 4-1.