INDIANS RISE ON BOXING STAGE

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In what was a great event for Indian women’s boxing, their pugilists M.C. Mary Kom and L. Sarita Devi won Gold in their respective clashes as the team ended up with a haul of two Gold medals, four Silver medals and two Bronze medals at the 6th Asian Women’s Championships that was held in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.

Furthermore, the Indian team also bagged the overall runners up trophy, coming just behind China which bagged top honors at the event.

M.C. Mary Kom, who is considered as India’s best female pugilist defeated the two time world champion and the 2010 Asian Games Gold medal winner Ren Cancan of China, by a score of 14-8 in the Olympic weight category or the 51 Kg class. The first round of their match was a relatively low key affair with the Indian leading 2-1 at the end of the round, a lead that was extended to 7-3 by the end of round two and 11-6 by the end of round 3. Mary Kom lost out to Cancan in the final of the Asian Games in 2010 and she avenged the loss by bagging the gold the event.

In the 60 Kg category, which is another weight category of boxing that is in the Olympic Games, the World Champion of 2006 L. Sarita Devi defeated her opponent from Tajikistan 16-9. The match was not as one sided as the match Mary Kom won but the result is what matters for the Indian boxers who are slowly but steadily making a mark on the world stage.

Lots of people had written off India’s boxing challenge, especially in the Olympic Games but performances such as these are giving hopes to a billion people who can finally dream of an Olympic Gold in the sport for the first time.