26 Nov : Indian pugilists continued their fine show in the World Women’s Boxing Championship with four out of five, who took the ring on Wednesday, winning their quarterfinal bouts to secure at least four medals for the country.
Three-time and reigning champion Mary Kom (46kg) led the charge on the fifth day of the championship on Wednesday with Chottu Loura (50kg), L Sarita (52kg), and N Usha (57kg) following suit by emerging victorious in their quarterfinal bouts.
However, Sushma Kumari (54kg) lost her last eight bout narrowly to deny the Indians a clean slate on Wednesday.
Mary Kom shunned risk against Chinese Xiao Guan and the defending champion Indian led 1-0 and 3-0 in the first two rounds to emerge 4-0 victorious after three rounds in the low-scoring quarterfinal bout.
Chottu Laura, who won a bronze in the last edition in New Delhi, quelled the challenge of Nave Virginie of France with a 4-1 win before N Usha and L Sarita brought up virtuoso performances to completely outplay their opponents.
Usha, silver medallist in New Delhi, did not show any mercy in her 10-1 annihilation of Sabrina Ostawari of Austria.She led 3-0 and 5-0 in the first two rounds before overpowering her opponent in the last round by scoring five points.