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New Delhi, April 21: Eight boxers from India, including seven women, made it to the finals of the ongoing World Youth Championship in Kielce, Poland, an unprecedented achievement in this prestigious age group competition for the country. Apart from the eight players making it to the finals, three other boxers also won bronze medals, leaving India behind their best ever to win 10 medals in Hungary in 2018, ensuring at least 11 medals. Among the women in the finals to be held on Thursday after a rest day on Wednesday, Geetika (48 kg), Babirojisana Chanu (51 kg), Vinka (60 kg), Arunaditya Chaudhary (69 kg), Poonam (57 kg), Thokchom Sanamacha Chanu (75 kg) and Alfia Pathan (+81 kg) took the place.
In the men’s section, only Sachin (56 kg) entered the title match while three other boxers won bronze medals.
Geetika defeated Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro 5–0 while Vinka defeated Veronica Gajdova of the Czech Republic 4–1. In the final, Geetika will face Poland’s Natalia Dominica while Vinka will face Kazakhstan’s Khuladij Shaykhmetova. Arunadhthi did not have much difficulty defeating Uzbekistan’s Khadichabonu Abdulaiwa 5–0 in a unanimous decision. They will face Barbara Marzynkowska of Poland in the final. Defending Asian youth champion Babyrojisana also beat Italy’s Ellen Ayari 5–0. She will be in front of Valeria Linkova of Russia in the final. Also read: IPL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan achieved this feat after the Mumbai bowlers were beaten
Poonam beat Sitora Turdibekova of Uzbekistan 5–0 and will challenge France’s Stalin Grossi to win the title. Sanamacha defeated Poland’s Daria Parada 4-1 and will face Kazakhstan’s Dana Diday in the final. Alfiya defeated Poland’s Olivia Toborek 3-2 in a tough match. In the final, they will face Daria Kojorez of Moldova. In the evening session, Sachin was the only Indian to win. He defeated Michael Baldassi of Italy. He will take on Yerbolat Sebir of Kazakhstan in the final on Friday. Also read: IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma’s pain after eating Patni from Delhi, said- We could not take advantage of this thing
Asian Youth Championship silver medalists Ankit Narwal (64 kg), Vishwamitra Chongthom (49 kg) and Vishal Gupta (91 kg) had to be content with the bronze medal with a loss in the semi-finals. Ankit also lost against Kazakhstan’s Sabirjan Akalikov and Vishwamitra by a similar margin of 1-4 against Sanjar Tashkente of Kazakhstan. Vishal was defeated 5–0 by Yakub Strzewski of Poland.