Astana: India's Sonia Lather settled for the silver after going down to Italian Alessia Mesiano in 57kg category final of the World Women's Boxing Championships here on Friday.
Sonia went down 1-2 after a hard-fought bout against the World No.1 Italian which saw the Indian miss the world champion title by a narrow margin.
Earlier, 24-year-old Sonia thumped Kazakhastan's Aizhan Khojabekova 3-0 to register a memorable triumph in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Anoop Kumar, women’s national coach, told News18 Sports from Astana, “It was a good show by Sonia since all our boxers lost before medal rounds. She played her heart out, gave her best but probably it was not her day. However, it’s a very good start for the 24-year-old boxer. She has the potential to grow. She can shift to 60kg category in future and prepare for Olympics.”
Amanpreet Kaur, assistant coach with the India team, told News18 Sports, “Sonia played awesome. She was playing extremely well in her first two rounds, but her performance dropped a bit in the third round. She was little disappointed at not winning gold but on other hand she said that it would also spur him to go for gold next time.”
Sonia's weight category is not part of Olympic programme. Only three weight categories of 51 kg, 60 kg and 75 kg are part of the women's boxing competitions at the Olympics.
However, Sonia's was the only successful story as far as India's participation is concerned, even though India's wait for a woman boxing gold continues as M.C. Mary Kom was the last world champion in 2010.
Earlier in the tournament, Indian boxing was dealt heavy blows as veterans Mary and L. Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani -- all belonging to Olympics categories -- failed to qualify for the Rio Games after losing in their second round.