Mary Kom clinches gold medal at India Open Boxing tournament
The five-time World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist, Mary Kom on February 2, 2018 claimed the gold medal in the India Open International Boxing tournament at Thyagraj Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
Kom defeated Josie Gabuco from the Philippines in a split 4-1 decision to grab the gold in the women's 48kg weight category. The 12th seeded boxer had earlier booked her place in the finals after defeating Mongolian Altansetseg Lutsaikhan in the semi-final clash.
In the 64 kg category, the former world and Asian bronze medallist Pwilao Basumatary was the first among the women to fetch gold by claiming a 3-2 win over Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee. Pinki Rani also fetched gold for India after defeating Mongolia’s Jargalan Ochirbat in the final of fly (48-51 kg) category.
In other categories, Lovlina Borgohain defeated Pooja to claim the welterweight gold, while L Sarita Devi had to settle for silver after she lost to Finland’s Olympic bronze-medallist Mira Potkenon in the 60 kg category.
The Indian men boxers, on the other hand, were denied a complete sweep by traditional powerhouses of Cuba and Uzbekistan on the final day of the India Open Boxing Tournament.
While Sanjeet picked up India's first gold of the day in 91 kg weight category after getting the better of Uzbekistan's Sanjar Tursunov, in the 60 kg category, National Champion Manish Kaushik was given a walkover by his Mongolian opponent Battumur Misheelt, who pulled out owing to an injury during his semi-final bout.
Asian Games bronze-medalist Satish Kumar, however, had to settle for silver in the +91 kg weight category after losing to Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in a split 4-1 decision. Dinesh Dagar also took the welterweight silver after going down to Uzbekistan's Bobo-Usmon Baturov.
Earlier, top-seeded Shiva Thapa had to settle for the bronze medal after going down against fellow Indian Manish Kaushik in the semi-finals of the 60 kg category.