The Indian youth boxing contingent marked a historic feat on Thursday as all seven of the women finalists bagged gold at the 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships held in Kielce, Poland.
A total of eight Indian pugilists had reached the tournament final including the seven women who marked staggering performances in the finals to finish India’s campaign on high spirits.
The seven women who bagged gold are- Gitika (48kg) Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg), Poonam (57kg), Vinka (60kg), Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), T Sanamacha Chanu (75kg) and Alfiya Pathan (+81kg).
The Boxing Federation of India marked the feat as “India’s best ever medal haul” with a tribute clip on Twitter.
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They scripted HISTORY ✅
They rattled the WORLD✅
Their punches unsettled every OPPONENT ✅
They hit the BULLSEYE✅
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) April 22, 2021
India’s previous best gold medal haul came at the 2017 Youth World Boxing Championships which was held in Guwahati where the host team bagged a total of five golds.
Competing in the 48 kg category, Gitika dominated her fellow finalist Natalia Kuczewska of Poland 5-0, including delivering her opponent a bloodied nose in the third round to display sheer superiority throughout the fight. Babyrojisana Chanu, on the other hand, had a more neck to neck battle against Valeriia Linkova and won the fight via a 3-2 verdict.
Poonam and Vinka registered commanding performances in their own respective fight as well. Against Sthelyne Grosy of France, Poonam registered a clean5-0 triumph while Vinka’s overpowering of Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova of Kazakhstan caused the fight to be stopped half way.
Arundhati Choudhary was the third Indian boxer to sweep up a 5-0 win as she prevailed over Barbara Marcinkowska, while Thokchom Sanamachu Chanu defeated Dana Diday of Kazakhstan via split decision. In Thursday’s final fight, Pathan registered a convincing victory over Daria Kozorez of Moldova.
Sachin, the solo male finalist from the Indian contingent, will be fighting in the 56kg final on Friday.
“This has been an amazing effort from our youth boxers especially when the players had to be confined at home for the most part of the last year and only make do with online training sessions,” Boxing Federation of Indian President Ajay Singh was quoted in a press release.
“Our coaches and support staff did a stellar job despite the limitations and challenges. This achievement is a testament of the talent we have in the upcoming generation of Indian boxing,” the BFI prez added.
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