The budding starlets of women’s boxing in Indian inspired the crowds with another power packed performance on day four in the semi-final round of the 7th Women’s Sub-Junior National Championship in Kolkata. The five-day championship which has been classified into four categories - girls of age 15 & 16 (Group A), 14 (Group B), 13 (Group C) and 12 (group D), will have 160 medals on stake in 40 weight classes spread over the above mentioned age groups. 2nd runners up from last year, team Haryana emerged as the front runners after the quarter-final round on Tuesday, with 15 of their boxers making it into the round of four. Title holders Manipur had 8 boxers making it into the semis.
In the penultimate round of the 15 and 16 year group, reigning Junior World Champions Lalfakzuali from Mizoram and Nikhath Zareena of Andhra Pradesh had an easy passage into the final round of the championship. Lalfakzuali playing in the 52 kilogram weight defeated Assamese boxer Jamuna Boro while Nikhath fighting in the 54 kilogram weight overpowered K. Pravish Chanu of Manipur.
The 12 year age group witness quite a few rookie boxers taking to the rings at the Chetla Park. Punjab pugilists Sukhmani Kaur opened the proceeding with a bang; she took less than four minutes to get rid of another debutant, Santosh Nakade of Maharashtra. Kaur was leading 14:6 when the referee stopped the fight sighting it as an unfair contest. She now faces Chintu from Uttarakhand in the finals of the 30 kilogram weight division, who ousted Keral boxer Saritha BS in a similar fashion to claim her final spot.
In the 36 kilogram weight division of the 13 year age group, Haryana state sub-junior champion Pooja upset last year’s gold medal winner S Kalaivani of Tamil Nadu in an enthralling display of strength and technique. She dominated the game with her aggressive approach and never allowed her opponent to settle down. Pooja led throughout the bout, in the end winning on points 39:16. In the other side of the draw H Jamuna Chanu of Manipur continued her winning spree as she got the better of 2011 Sub-Junior Nationals silver medallist Sonali Tokas of Delhi. Chanu won on points 14:6 to set up the summit clash with Pooja. In the 40 kg weight of the same age, Mandeep Kaur of Punjab, a gold medal winner from at the 2011 Sub-Junior Nationals, pulverized Lalengmawii of Mizoram in a completely one sided affair. In the finals she will take on debutant Amita Soliyal of Uttarakhand, who beat last year’s bronze medal winner Nimmi Jatav of Madhya Pradesh.
In the 38 kilogram of the 14 year group, Preeti Kumari of Jharkhand was completely out of sorts against Chaitali Kapat from West Bengal. Preeti, who won a gold medal in the 36 kg last year, had no answer the superior power play of Chaitali. The WB boxer dictated terms from start to finish; in the end triumphing by virtue of points 25:11. She will square off against L Pavithra of Tamil Nadu in the finals. Two times Sub-Junior National Champion Asha Roka of Madhya Pradesh breezed past Jaspinder Kaur of Uttarakhand. Asha looking to secure her third consecutive gold, will now face off against Jarina Devi from Manipur in the 44 kg final.
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