Mary Kom Bags Gold, Manisha Settles For Silver At Silesian Women's Boxing Championships

| September 16 , 2018 , 15:46 IST

Indian woman star boxer M C Mary Kom (48kg) clinched gold medal with a tactical brilliance while her counterpart Manisha (54kg) settled for a silver in the 13th Silesian Women's Boxing championship held in Gliwice, Poland, on Sunday.

Five-time world champion Mary Kom returned to the ring after recovering from some niggles that kept her out of the Asian Games, stunned Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kassanayeva with a scoreline 5-0 to win her 3rd gold medal of the year.

Her other two gold medals this year came in the inaugural India Open in Delhi and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. She also won a silver at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria.

The 35-year-old former Olympic bronze-medallist was in her elements against a taller opponent, displaying a brilliant counter-attacking strategy. The nimble-footed Indian showed sharp reflexes and did not allow a clear shot to Kassanayeva through the bout.

Speaking to media, Indian coach Rafaelle Bergamasco said, "Mary was terrific in executing her strategy, it was a flawless performance".

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The Manipur woman, held his nerves and took full advantage of her rival’s hesitation and went full throttle in the final three minutes to strike some good body blows. Her strong right hand worked well for her and she never allowed the southpaw to settle.

Manisha was next to take the ring against Ukraine’s Ivanna Krupenia. The Indian boxer went down 2-3 even though she came across as the more aggressive of the two boxers.

"Manisha was very good in the bout and in my opinion, she deserved to win," said Bergamasco.

India also bagged four bronze medals in the senior category through former world champion L Sarita Devi (60kg), Ritu Grewal (51kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (81kg). In the youth competition, Jyoti Gulia (51kg), a forme6r world champion and India’s only boxer to have qualified for next month’s Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, was India’s lone medallist with a gold.

In the junior competition also, the Indian team produced an outstanding performance to finish with 13 medals which comprise of six gold, six silver and a bronze.