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In the semifinals of the Young Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championships in La Nucia, Spain, reigning youth Asian champions Ravina, Vishwanath Suresh, and Vanshaj earned medals alongside four other Indians.
The remaining boxers from the nation, Bhawna Sharma (48 kg), Kunjarani Devi Thongam (60 kg), Lashu Yadav (70 kg), and Ashish (54 kg), are also certain of at least bronze medals after earning the final four spots.
All four female boxers advanced after winning their respective quarterfinal matches by identical scores of 5-0, extending their amazing performance at the renowned competition.
In the 63-kg competition, Ravina destroyed Alexandra Cretu of Romania, while Bhavana and Kunjarani outpunched Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kabdolda and Venezuela’s Evimir Brito. Zuzet Hernandez, a boxer from Mexico, was defeated by Lashu.
The only Indian lady to lose was Griviya Devi Huidrom (54 kg), who was defeated by Elina Bazarova of Kazakhstan by a score of 0-5.
In the men’s division, India had a mixed day because only three of the five fighters who competed made it to the medal rounds.
Jye Kerr of Australia and Omar Livaza of Kyrgyzstan were defeated by Vishwanath (48 kg) and Vanshaj (63.5 kg), respectively, in unanimity. In contrast, Ashish had to fight hard to defeat Scotland’s Aaron Cullen, with the final score being 4-3 in the Indian’s favor after the match was reviewed.
The two male grapplers from India that lost in the quarterfinals were Deepak (75 kg) and Mohit (86 kg).
Nearly 600 boxers from 73 different nations have been taking part in the ongoing event. The most athletes from any nation at the competition—17—qualified for the last eight stages, followed by Kazakhstan (16) and Uzbekistan (12). (13).
Tamanna (50 kg), Preeti Dahiya (57 kg), Devika Ghorpade (52 kg), Muskan (75 kg), and Kirti (81 kg), who compete in the women’s quarterfinals on the eighth day of the competition, will try to add to India’s already confirmed seven medals. In the men’s Last-8 stage, Rhythm (92 kg) and Jadumani Singh Mandengbam (51 kg) will also compete.
The finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, with the semi-finals taking place on Wednesday.