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Mary Kom, Sonia in final; 5 others end with bronze at Asian boxing

The former Olympic bronze-medallist returned to her most popular weight class after 5 years of competing in 51kg.


Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Nov 7 (PTI) M C Mary Kom (48kg) remained on the right track for a 5th Asian Championships gold after making the finals alongside with Sonia Lather (57kg) whilst 5 others settled for bronze medals at the continental showpiece right here as of late.

Former global champion L Sarita Devi (64kg), Priyanka Chaudhary (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Seema Punia (+81kg) and Shiksha (54kg) signed off with bronze medals after shedding their respective semifinal bouts.

Mary Kom began the day brightly for India, defeating Japan’s Tsubasa Komura in a unanimous 5-Zero verdict to make the summit conflict for the 5th time in her six appearances at the development.

Should she pass directly to win the general day after today, which will probably be towards North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi who were given the easier of Mongolian Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam, the Indian can be claiming her first Asian gold medal in the 48kg class.

“It is a very special medal for me like all others I have won because every medal has a story behind it,” Mary Kom advised PTI.

“I am delighted to be in the final. I was expecting a tough fight but I managed to figure Komura out early enough. I am already looking towards the final but I am not going to think too much and put pressure on myself,” she stated.

“I will just go out and do my best, just like I have done so far in this tournament.”

The 35-year-old Rajya Sabha MP, who may be a former Olympic bronze-medallist, returned to her most popular weight class after 5 years of competing in 51kg, which used to be made an Olympic class in 2012.

Once once more, it used to be a bout fought in large part on defensive ways. The Japanese boxer gave the impression too cautious to head close to the Indian, who needed to reasonably actually lunge at Komura for her proper hooks to attach.

Mary Kom’s endurance with Komura’s ways ran out in the second one spherical and he or she greater the tempo and ferocity of her personal assaults to unsettle the Japanese.

The shell guard to stave off Komura’s feeble proper straights ensured that the Manipuri infrequently took any blow in what became out to be a lopsided contest.

Sonia, in distinction, needed to steer previous an overly competitive Yodgoroy Mirzaeva, who lacked accuracy in placement of punches however now not endurance.

Mirzaeva’s wild swings have been simple to deflect for the Haryana-boxer, a former silver-medallist at this match, but it surely used to be nevertheless a draining contest given the Uzbek’s relentless makes an attempt at connecting one thing.

In the end, Sonia used to be unanimously adjudged the victor and will probably be up towards China’s Yin Junhua in the summit conflict day after today.

However, issues went downhill for India after that as Asian Games bronze-medallist Sarita went right down to China’s Dou Dan in the semifinals.

Shiksha too ended with a bronze medal after being out- punched through Chinese Taipei’s former early life global champion Lin Yu-Ting in the semifinals.

Also signing off with bronze medals have been Priyanka and Lovlina. Priyanka misplaced to Korean Oh Yeonji, whilst Lovlina went right down to Kazakhstan’s Valentina Khalzova.

In India’s remaining bout of the day, Seema, who were given a right away access into the semis courtesy the small dimension of the draw, misplaced to Kazakhstan’s Guzal Ismatova to end with a bronze medal

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