The final day of the Asian Youth Boxing Championship turned out to be a golden day for India as all the five women finalists won their bouts to clinch 5 gold medals. On the other hand, the two men finalists had to settle for silver after they lost their ultimate bouts. Naorem Chanu, Vinka, Sanamacha Chanu, Poonam, Sushma punched gold in the 51 kg, 64 kg, 75 kg, 54 kg and 81 kg respectively. While, Selay Soy (49kg) and Ankit Narwal (60kg) won silver in men’s division.
India ended the tournament on a high with a rich haul of 12 medals including 5 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals. In the women’s category 3 bronze medals were won by Arundhati Choudhury, Komalpreet Kaur and Jaismine in 69 kg, +81 kg, and 57 Kg respectively.The other two bronze medlas were won in the men’s category by Satender Singh (91kg) and Aman (+91kg).
India’s proceedings were kicked off by Soy who was up against Kazakhstan’s Bazarbay Ullu Mukhamedsayfi. Soy managed some great punches but ultimately he had to settle for a silver. Narwal then followed Soy as he went down to Reito Tsutsume from Japan.
With the men’s challenge ending with Narwal’s defeat the Indian women pugilists took the center stage. Poonam opened India’s gold medal account the event as she defeated Chinese Weiqi Cai. While the Indian contingent was yet to soak in the victorious moment the gold medal tally along with the happenes was doubled by Sushma who went past Kazakhstan’s Bakytzhankyzy to bite gold.
Sushma’s victory confirmed that the women pugilists aimed for nothing less than gold as Naorem got the better of another Kazakh Anel Barkyah to take the gold. Vinka outpunched China’s Haini Nulataiali, while Sanamachu, who is a product of the legendary MC Mary Kom’s academy situated in Manipur, edged past Uzbekistan’s Navbakhor Khamidova to add two more golds.