Sarita, Nandini bow out, winless day for India
Ulan-Ude (Russia), October 6
Former champion L Sarita Devi (60kg) was knocked out of the women’s boxing World Championships after being upstaged by Russia’s Natalia Shadrina on a disappointing day for India.
The fourth seeded Indian, who got a first-round bye, frittered away a strong start to bow out with a 0-5 loss. Debutant Nandini (81kg) proved to be no match for Germany’s Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger and was out-punched 0-5.
Sarita, a gold-medallist in the 2006 New Delhi edition of the showpiece event, was chasing her first world medal in over a decade. The Manipuri was in control in the opening three minutes, logging more punches against a seemingly withdrawn opponent. However, Shadrina fought back in the next two rounds and surprised Sarita to get the judges’ nod.
Chandigarh girl Nandini, on the other hand, was jittery from the word go and struggled to keep pace with a technically superior Schonberger. The nerves showed all through and Nandini also ended up being warned in the second round for hitting her rival on the back of the head despite repeated cautions. She also sustained a cut on her face during the bout. Saweety Boora (75kg) and Jamuna Boro (54kg) are the only two Indians to have advanced to the pre-quarterfinal stage so far after winning their opening bouts.