MC Mary Kom, Sarita Devi are amongst the seven Indian women who are assured of a podium finish at the ongoing 13th International Silesian Championship for women in Gliwice, Poland. MaryKom has advanced to the final in the 48kg category, while Sarita Devi reached the semi-final in the 60kg category.
The Indian boxing contingent is on a roll at the ongoing International Silesian Championship for women in Poland. A total of seven Indian female boxers will bag medals in the European nation as they made their way to the latter stages of the competition.
Five-time world champion Mary Kom, who got a direct entry into the 48kg category due to the limited amount of participants, defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the semifinals to secure a spot in the final and assured herself of at least a silver medal. India’s first and only Asian Games gold medal-winning woman boxer is en route to making her return to the ring after missing out on this year’s Asian fiasco.
Another well renowned Indian boxer - Sarita Devi, who is also a former world champion and Asian Games bronze-medallist, outplayed Czech Republic’s Alena Czechy 5-0 on Wednesday night. She will now battle it out against Karina Ibragimova of Kazakhstan in the semifinals.
Among other Indians in contention for a medal is Ritu Grewal, who won her bout against Russia’s Svetlana Rosja 4-1 to make it to the 51kg category semifinals along with Lovlina Borgohain (69kg). Borgohain defeated Czech Republic’s Martina Schmoranzova in the quarterfinal round.
Asian youth champion Manisha (54kg) and Pooja Rani (81kg), are the other two Indian boxers in line for a podium finish at Poland. While young Manisha out-punched former world champion Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan 5-0, Rani defeated Ukraine’s Anastasiia Chernokolenko in the quarters by a split verdict.
In the youth category, Jyoti Gulia (51kg) progressed to the medal round with a 5-0 win over Germany’s Rafaela Arampatzi.
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