Mary Kom, Sarita in semis

February 23, 2018

BoxingStrandja Memorial Boxing


India assured of six medals, all in the women’s category

The seasoned duo of M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) and L. Sarita Devi (60kg) were assured of their third successive international medal after they entered the semifinals of the 69th Strandja memorial boxing tournament here on Thursday.

Sarita, a bronze and silver winner at the Asian Championships and India Open respectively, got the better of China’s Qi Yawen in her last-eight stage bout.

Five-time World champion Mary Kom, who came here on the back of gold medals at the Asian Championships and India Open, defeated old nemesis Steluta Duta of Romania in her quarterfinal contest.

In the men’s competition, Dheeraj Rangi (64kg) bowed out of the competition after losing his opening bout to Louis Colin Richarno.

India is assured of six medals so far in the tournament courtesy women boxers — Seema Punia (+81kg), Saweety Boora (75kg), Mena Kumari Devi (54kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg). While Saweety and Meena won their quarterfinal contests, Seema and Bhagyabati got byes.

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