India felt the midas touch at the AIBA World Women’s Youth Boxing Championships as our pugilists clenched five top positions for the first time.
Nitu in light flyweight (45-48 kg), Jyoti in flyweight (51 kg), Sakshi in bantamweight (54 kg) and Shashi Chopra in featherweight (57 kg)—all from Haryana—won gold medals in the finals!
In fact, Jyoti also qualified for next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Argentina courtesy because of her first position and the datum she was born after 1999.
Two more Indians—Neha Yadav (+81kg) and Anupama (81kg)—won bronze medals, making it India’s one of the best performances ever. Local girl Ankushita was pronounced the boxer of the tournament.
Up against Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Urakbayeva, Nitu was the first to walk into the ring. Zhazira however, couldn’t give Nitu a touch time as her footwork was all over the place. “It was an easier final compared to the semifinals. I did not find it too tough to break through,” said Nitu.
Jyoti’s was up against Russia’s Ekaterina Molchanova with both being almost at par. An exchange of back-to-back punches had left the audience waiting in anticipation. Eventually, Jyoti won leaving the Russian boxer in tears.
Sakshi and England’s Ivy-Jane Smith played against each other while Shashi was against Vietnam’s Ngoc Do Hong.
The last bout of the day was Ankushita taking on Russia’s Ekaterina Dynnk which she claimed even after being struck by chickenpox before the tournament.
India had won just one bronze medal at the previous edition of the event and had not won a gold since 2011.
The championship was held in India for the first time.