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IBA Youth Men's and Women's World Boxing Championships 2022: India trio bags Gold, two settled with Silvers


Young Indian star boxers Vishwanath Suresh, Vanshaj and Devika Ghorpade have recorded commanding 5-0 wins in their respective finals to clinch the gold medals at the IBA Youth Men's and Women's World Boxing Championships 2022 in La Nucia, Spain. Thus, they have lived up to the billing as the trio were overwhelming favourites going into the finals.

Chennai-born Vishwanath handed India its first gold at the prestigious championships after thrashing Ronel Suyom of the Philippines without breaking a sweat in the men's 48kg final.

This came after Bhawna Sharma bagged the silver medal in the women's 48kg category as she conceded a 0-5 loss against Uzbekistan's Gulsevar Ganieva in the opening match of the day. Ashish (54kg) was the other Indian to finish with a silver medal. He went down fighting 1-4 against Japanese pugilist Yuta Sakai in a thrilling men's final.

Afterwards, the Youth Asian champion Vanshaj wrapped up the day in style for India by winning their third gold. The confident Sonipat-based boxer made light work of Demur Kajaia from Georgia in the men's 63.5kg summit clash.

Meanwhile, Devika, the Pune-born pugilist, added a second gold to India's tally when she dominated England's Lauren Mackie in the women's 52kg final.

Devika Boxing

India topped the medal count at 11 in the ongoing edition of the event, followed by Uzbekistan (10), Ireland (7) and Kazakhstan (7). This year's championships involved close to 600 boxers from 73 countries. India top the medals tally of the women's championship with 8 medals.

Having already won three gold medals, Ravina (63kg) and Kirti (+81kg) will look to add two more gold to India's kitty when they fight in the women's final on the last day of the competition. Ravina and Kirti will be up against Megan de Cler of the Netherlands and Ireland's Elizabeth D'Arcy respectively.

Vanshaj Boxing

Besides three gold and two silver on the penultimate day, India's tally also includes four bronze medals-coming from Tamanna (50kg), Kunjarani Devi Thongam (60kg), Muskan (75kg) and Lashu Yadav (70kg), who finished their campaigns in the semi-finals.

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Story first published: Saturday, November 26, 2022, 14:23 [IST]
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