Saturday, January 14, 2017

Four Indian women boxers in final of Nation's Cup in Serbia

Four Indian women boxers including former World Championships silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi have entered the finals of the 6th Nation's Cup in Vrbas, Serbia. India is now assured of six medals. Sarjubala, the reigning national champion in 48 Kg Category, defeated local favourite Gayane Panyan to enter the summit clash.

The others, who made the final cut are Priyanaka Chaudhary (60kg) and Pooja (69kg). Priyanka, got the better of Kazakhstan's Rimma Volosenko, while Pooja also triumphed over a Kazakh rival in Valentina Khalzova. Seema Poonia is also through to the final without fighting a single bout so far as her category features only three boxers. 

Meanwhile, in the semifinals today, former Asian Games bronze-medallist Kavita Goyat will square off against Kazakhstan's Dariga Shakimova. Another Indian to make the semifinals is Neeraja, who defeated Greece's Aik Koutsogeorgopoulou. She will next be up against Sweden's Katrin Noren in the semifinals.

The tournament being competed among 18 countries is the first for Indian women boxers under the tutelage of new coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu. He served as the men's coach for more than two decades.

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