Indian youth boxers win 12 medals in first tournament since lockdown
With the Youth World Boxing Championship scheduled in Poland, this performances here will help boost the boxer's confidence going forward.
Indian boxers finish first at the Adriatic Pearl Tournament in Budva, Montenegro to conclude their highly successful outing with 12 medals.
Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg) and Arundhati Choudhary (69kg) clinched gold medals and Lucky Rana secured silver as Indian women emerged as the top team with 10 medals (five gold, three silver and two bronze). Uzbekistan (2 gold) and Czech Republic (1 gold) ended at second and third position respectively.
Details of all the 12 medals won by India youth men and women boxers at the 30th Adriatic Pearl Tournament
Three-time Khelo India gold medallist Arundhati once again showed her supremacy as the Rajasthan pugilist pulled off a dominating 5-0 victory against Ukraine’s Maryana Stoiko. However, Manipur girl Chanu, who trains at MC Mary Kom’s academy, had to work hard against Asian junior champion Sabina Bobokulova of Uzbekistan before outshining the opponent in a close fight with a 3-2 split verdict to win the final bout as well as the gold medal. Meanwhile in the 64kg, Lucky suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Finnish boxer Lia Pukkila to claim silver medal.
L to R- Alfiya Pathan, Vinka, Babyrojisana Chanu, Arundhati Choudhary and T Sanamacha Chanu won 5 gold medals for India
Alfiya Pathan (+81kg), Vinka (60kg) and T Sanamacha Chanu (75kg) are the other Indian women boxers who secured gold medals in their respective categories earlier in this tournament. For her magnificent show, Vinka received the Best Women Boxer of the Tournament award. With two medals in the men’s category, the 19-member Indian team concluded their campaign with an overall second position (12 medals). Uzbekistan and Ukraine claimed first and third position respectively in the overall standing.
10 member Indian youth women team returns with 10 medals including 5 gold and was adjudged to be the top women team of the tournament
The Adriatic Pearl Tournament provided an ideal opportunity for the Indians as they participated in a tournament for the first time since the lockdown. With AIBA Youth World Boxing Championship scheduled in Poland from April 10-24, impressive performances here will help young Indian pugilists the required boost and confidence going forward.