Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Lovlina wins gold medal, Manisha settles for silver

Vijayanagara, January 6: World Championship bronze medallist Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain claimed the gold medal while Haryana boxer Manisha Moun had to be content with silver at the women’s National Boxing Championships here Sunday.
Manisha went down to Meenakumari Devi of All India Police in 54 kg class, leaving Haryana to be satisfied with three gold medals through the reliable Pinki Rani Jangra (51kg), Neeraj (60kg) and Pooja Rani (81kg), despite six of their boxers entering the finals.
This meant both Haryana and the Railways shared six out of the 10 gold medals on offer on the final day with Sonia Lather (57kg), Neetu (75kg) and Seema Poonia (+81kg), as the three RSPB pugilists reached the top place on the podium.
Punjab earned two through Manju Rani (48kg) and Simranjit Kaur while the other gold in 69 kg went to World Championships medallist, Lovlina Borgohain of Assam.
Manju Rani had no difficulty as she stopped Tamil Nadu’s S Kalaivani with a split (4:1) verdict in the final as the Punjab boxer packed more than a few punches to stagger her rival.
In Fly weight category, Pinki Rani was the favourite for the gold but her Telangana opponent Nikhat Zareen took the initiative and opened with few lefts and sent down some combination punches.
Pinki steadied herself with good counters but there was no let up from Nikhat who continued to trade blows but in the final analysis, Pinki landed more punches on target areas which gave the judges verdict 3:2 in her favour. (PTI)