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Mary Kom in final; 7 medals assured in Polish tourney 

New Delhi, September 13

MC Mary Kom advanced to the finals, while L Sarita Devi made the semifinals as Indian boxers assured themselves of seven medals in the 13th International Silesian Championship for women in Gliwice, Poland.

Mary, who got a direct entry into the 48kg category semifinals due to the small size of the draw, defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the semifinals to be assured of at least the silver. She is returning to the ring after missing the recently-concluded Asian Games in Jakarta due to minor fitness issues.

Sarita beat Czech Republic’s Alena Czechy 5-0 after going past Kazakhstan’s Aizan Khojabekova in the opening round of the 60kg category. She will now square off against another Kazakh in Karina Ibragimova in the semifinals. 

Ritu Grewal won her bout against Russia’s Svetlana Rosja 4-1 to make the 51kg category semifinals along with Lovlina Borgohain (69kg). Borgohain got the better of Czech Republic’s Martina Schmoranzova. Joining them in the last-4 stage were Manisha (54kg) and Pooja Rani (81kg).

Manisha out-punched former world champion Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan 5-0, while Pooja defeated Ukraine’s Anastasiia Chernokolenko in her quarterfinal bout by a split verdict.

In the youth competition, Jyoti Gulia (51kg) advanced to the medal round with a 5-0 win over Germany’s Rafaela Arampatzi. However, Seema Punia (+81kg), Pwilao Basumatary (64kg) and Shashi Chopra (57kg) lost their respective bouts. Seema was beaten by Kazakh Lazzat Kungeibayeva 0-5, while Pwilao lost by a similar margin to Poland’s Natalia Barbusinska. Shashi lost to England’s Anglia Chapmen by a unanimous verdict. In the junior competition, Raj Sahiba (70kg) defeated Poland’s Barbara Marcinkowska 5-0. In the 75kg category, Neha got the better of Daria Parada by a similar margin, while Komal (80kg) had to toil for a 3-2 win over Martyna Jancelewicz.

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