A further indication to the rising stature of Indian women pugilists came in the form of four gold medals,a silver and two bronze won at the inaugural AIBA Womens Youth and Junior World Championships in Antalya,Turkey,on Saturday.
Sarjubala Devi (48kg) and Minu Basumatary (64kg) in the youth championship and Lalenkawli (46kg) and Nikhat Zareen (50kg) in the junior championships won finals.
Sarjubala,the 2010 national youth gold medalist,beat Russias Svetlana Dmitrieva 37-21. In the final of the light-welter weight division,Minu,a silver medalist at the national youth championships,beat Turkeys Elif Kayan 26-14.
In the first bout of the junior category,Lalenkawli got the better of Turkeys Neriman Istik 30-12. In the fly weight category Nikhat was up against Ulku Demir,another Turkish boxer and a strong medal contender in the 50kg weight class. But the junior national gold medallist completely outclassed Demir 27-16.
In the light bantamweight category in the juniors Lalfakzuali lost to Vuong Thi Vy of Vietnam but not before missing the gold by a whisker. In what was a close encounter,the 14-year old eventually lost on individual count and points were tied at 12-12. Pwilao Basumatary (54kg) and Poonam Chahal (60kg),who lost their semi-finals bouts won bronze medals.
Chief Coach of the Indias youth womens team D Chandralal was extremely pleased with the performance of his wards. Power-packed punches helped India dominate the final bouts right from the start. I am very satisfied with the performance of these girls. We now have four world champions in our ranks, Chandralal said.