India assured of 4 medals in World Women's Boxing C'ship

Indian pugilists continued their fine show in the World Women's Boxing Championship by winning their quarterfinal bouts to secure medals for the country.

updated: November 26, 2008 17:02 IST
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Ningbo City:

Indian pugilists continued their fine show in the World Women's Boxing Championship with four out of five, who took the ring on Wednesday, winning their quarterfinal bouts to secure at least four medals for the country.

Three-time and reigning champion Mary Kom (46kg) led the charge on the fifth day of the championship on Wednesday with Chottu Loura (50kg), L Sarita (52kg), and N Usha (57kg) following suit by emerging victorious in their quarterfinal bouts.

However, Sushma Kumari (54kg) lost her last eight bout narrowly to deny the Indians a clean slate on Wednesday.

Mary Kom shunned risk against Chinese Xiao Guan and the defending champion Indian led 1-0 and 3-0 in the first two rounds to emerge 4-0 victorious after three rounds in the low-scoring quarterfinal bout.

Chottu Laura, who won a bronze in the last edition in New Delhi, quelled the challenge of Nave Virginie of France with a 4-1 win before N Usha and L Sarita brought up virtuoso performances to completely outplay their opponents.

Usha, silver medallist in New Delhi, did not show any mercy in her 10-1 annihilation of Sabrina Ostawari of Austria. She led 3-0 and 5-0 in the first two rounds before overpowering her opponent in the last round by scoring five points.

Though the Austrian could land a scoring punch on the Indian in the last round she was never in the bout and Usha landed her punches at will.

Sarita was at her menacing best and barely needed two minutes in her 7-1 victory over Tserenchimeg Tserendorj of Mongolia.

The referee stop the bout in the first round itself after the Mongolian received a nasty head blow from the defending champion Indian.

The lone disappointment for India came when Sushma Yadav went down fighting 3-5 to Cynthia Marella Moreno of USA in a close bout.

Shushma and her opponent went neck-and-neck in the first two rounds with 0-0 and 1-1 scores respectively and there was nothing to separate the two before the American scored four to Sushma's two in the last round to seal a place for the semifinals.

India are represented by seven boxers in the championship and four have now reached the semifinals.

Kalpana Chaudhary (48kg) had lost in the first round while Preeti Beniwal (60kg) fell by the wayside in the second round before Sushma's defeat.