Manju Rani through to the final at the World Boxing Championships
Manju entered the final after defeating Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand in the 48kg category in Ulan Ude, Russia, on Saturday.
Sixth seed Manju Rani maintained her winning momentum as she advanced to the final of the Women's World Boxing Championships 2019 with a win over her Thai opponent Chuthamat Raksat 4-1. With this win, she has assured herself of at least a silver medal at the tournament.
The Haryana-native Manju had reached the quarterfinals after defeating North Korea's Kim Hyang Mi in the 48kg quarterfinal bout. She will now take on Russia's second seed Ekaterina Paltceva in the summit clash on Sunday.
Legendary Indian boxer Mary Kom ended her campaign at the tournament with a bronze medal as she went down 1-4 against Turkey's European champion and second-seeded Busenaz Cakiroglu. After the bout, the Indian side protested the decision and appealed to take another look at the bout. India had raised a Yellow Card but as per AIBA’s instruction in a Team meeting earlier on Saturday; it was informed that protests will be granted only if scores read 3:2/3:1. The appeal was hence turned down and the Yellow Card was not accepted by the technical committee. The result will stand the same and Mary Kom ended her campaign in the 2019 edition with a bronze medal.
Mary, who was disappointed, took to Twitter to question the referee. She tagged Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, and wrote: “How and why. Let the world know how much right and wrong the decision is…”
Mary, who was the third seed in the competition, showcased a fiery form yet the Turkish boxer got the better off her. The Manipuri 36-year-old won her 8th medal at the tournament, which is the highest by any boxer. On her journey to the semi-finals, Mary has defeated the likes of the 2016 Games’ bronze medallist Valencia Victoria of Colombia by a unanimous 5-0 verdict. In the quarterfinals, she beat Colombia's Ingrit Valencia and assured a medal.
It was, however, a heartbreak for the other debutant Jamuna Boro who walked away with a bronze medal after losing to Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei in the 54kg semi-final bout as the latter clinched it with a clean 5-0 verdict. In the 69kg bout, Lovlina Borgohain also took home the bronze medal after losing to China's Yang Liu 2-3, in what was the last semi-final game of the day.