Indian girls literally hailed at the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship to script history and score five gold medals and two bronze medals for India – ruling out the boxing championship like champions.
It was the evening for pride and an evening filled with gold rush for India at the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship 2017 on Sunday as five Indian pugilists grabbed five top positions to finish overall champions for the first time. Nitu (48kg), Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Sakshi choudhury (54kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg) and Ankushita Boro (64kg) won gold medals for an Indian sweep in the finals at the Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Indoor Stadium on Sunday. This has never happened before, in fact, in the last edition of this championship – India managed to bag just one bronze and had not won gold since 2011. After six gold-dry years, Indian girls punched out 5 gold medals all at once!
Adding to the gold trail, Neha Yadav (+81kg) and Anupama (81kg) clinched two bronze medals – making it the best ever performance for India in the marquee age group boxing event. With a total of 7 medals, India clean swept the golds to become top champion of the event this year while Russia came second with two gold and four silver medals. The Third spot was taken by Kazakhstan with one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. And, in this gold jibe, gold medallist Jyoti Gulia also qualified for next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Argentina courtesy her top finish. And later on Sunday evening, Ankushita was also named the best boxer of the championship.
This is a major progress for the country in international boxing and it will surely raise hope among young female boxing aspirants. Because, it has been over a decade that India had witnessed success in women boxing – since 10 years, Indian women’s boxing has been synonymous with Mary Kom. So far, Indian women boxing segment was haunted by the question of who will be Mary Kom’s successor in the sport; but now, we seem to have answers. Like the legendary boxer, these girls too come from far-flung villages of India; belonging to common families with a synergy to do something beyond ordinary for the country.