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First in 18 years: Manju Rani matches Mary Kom’s Worlds debut feat

Boxer Manju Rani entered the final of Women World Boxing Championships to become the first Indian in 18 years to do so in his/her maiden appearance at the event.

In 2011, MC Mary Kom qualified for the Worlds on her debut. The Haryana boxer on Saturday defeated Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand in the 48kg category in Ulan Ude, Russia, to join Mary in her feat.

Four Indian women boxers were in contention on Day 9 of the Worlds in Russia, however, only 19-year-old Manju made it through to the final.

Six-time world champion and India legend MC Mary Kom had to settle for bronze medal after she lost in the semi-finals of the women’s 51kg category. Jamuna Boro (54kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) also settled for bronze medals.

Mary Kom, seeded third, lost 1-4 to second seed Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. Boro went down 0-5 to top seed and former Asian Games bronze-medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei. Borgohain (69kg) squared off against China’s Yang Liu and was beaten 2-3 in a hard-fought bout.

The Indian contingent sought a review of the decision in Mary Kom’s bout but the appeal was turned down by the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) technical committee. The rules mandate that the decision has to be either 3-2 or 3-1 for an appeal to be even accepted for consideration.

Source: indiatoday.in

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