Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom won gold in the 51 kg category of the India Open International Boxing Tournament, which was held in Guwahati.
Sarita Devi also grabbed gold in the 60 kg category, while Shiva Thapa did the same in the men’s 60 kg category.
Additionally, Amit Panghal won his third gold of the year in the 52 kg category.
Mary Kom blew away Vanlal Duati to secure a comfortable 5-0 victory. This was the 36-year-old’s second gold medal in the tournament, replicating her achievement from last year.
Devi edged Simranjit Kaur 3-2 to win her first gold in three years. Kaur won the first round but Devi didn’t lose ground and fought back impressively. She dedicated this victory to her late mother, Laishram Khomthonbi, who had passed away due to cancer last year.
Thapa was at his aggressive best as he defeated defending champion Manish Kaushik to win a gold in front of a vociferous home crowd in the 60 kg category.
Panghal used the waiting game strategy to beat Sachin Siwach 4-1, despite Siwach being six inches taller.
Deepak Bhoria and Ashish won gold in the 49 kg and 69 kg categories, respectively.
Kavinder Singh Bisht lost a close bout 2-3 against Thailand’s Chatchai Decha Butdee. Ashish Kumar and Rohit Tokas lost out on a gold medal in their respective matches due to injuries, handing victory to Eumir Felix Delos Santos of Philippines and Colin Louis Richarno of Mauritius.
Overall, India won 12 out of 18 available gold medals in the tournament. This meant that the Indian contingent doubled their gold medals tally from the inaugural edition in New Delhi, last year.
A stellar show from the Indian boxers as they end #IndiaOpenBoxing 2019 with a rich haul of medals. Incredible performance guys!