Mary Kom to lead Indian contingent at Women’s World Championship

Five-time world champion Mary Kom will lead the Indian contingent at the AIBA World Elite Women’s Boxing Championships, to be held from November 15 to 24.

Olympic bronze medalist, who will compete in the 48 kg category, will have a chance to win her sixth World Championships crown.

Further, nine others pugilists- Pinky Jangra (51 kg), Manisha (54 kg), Sonia (57 kg), Sarita (60 kg), Simranjit (64 kg), Lovlina (69 kg), Saweety Boora (75 kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81 kg) and Seema Poonia (+81 kg), have been selected to represent India in the forthcoming event.

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Kom had won the gold medal in Poland earlier this month while Lovilina and former World Champion Sarita Devi claimed a bronze each in their categories. Similarly, Simran, who bagged the gold medal in Turkey along with Bagyabati, the gold medalist who was adjudged the best boxer for her superior techniques, also got automatic selection into the team. The rest of the boxers were picked on the basis of trials.

Meanwhile, in the 51 kg category, Pinki Jangra defeated Ritu Garewal, making a strong comeback in the second round despite the first round going in favour of Ritu. In the 54 kg category, Manisha was confidence personified, thanks to her fine display in Poland where she defeated 2016 World Champion and European Champions.

The 2017 Youth World Champion Shashi Chopra was billed as a strong contender against Sonia in the 57 kg class. Sonia, the bronze medalist at the 13th Silesian Boxing Championship in Poland, was superior on the day.

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Additionally, Saweety Boora’s bout in the 75 kg turned out to be a one-sided against Alari Boro from Russia. As for Seema Poonia, in the +81 kg category, her experience helped her gain a berth in the squad after she beat Kavita Chahal.

India had topped the medal tally with four gold, three silver and one bronze medal. The World Championships is seen as a build-up event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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