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CWG 2022: Jaismine Bags Bronze in Women's Lightweight Boxing

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Last Updated: August 06, 2022, 23:50 IST

Birmingham, England

Jaismine (Twitter)

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Jasmine (60kg), had to be content with bronze as she went down to Gemma Paige Richardson of England via a 2-3 split verdict in the semi-finals of the women's lightweight category boxing event in Birmingham

Jasmine (60kg), had to be content with bronze as she went down to Gemma Paige Richardson of England via a 2-3 split verdict in the semi-finals of the women’s lightweight category boxing event in Birmingham.

The tall pugilist from Haryana had stormed into the semi-final with a dominant victory over Troy Garton of New Zealand.

She was expected to use her vertical advantages to her benefit, but Richardson did not give Jaismine any time or room to get settled into the bout.

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Reigning world champion Nikhat Zareen and Amit Panghal were among three Indian boxers who entered the finals.

Nikhat stormed into the final of women’s 50kg after outclassing England’s Stubley Alfia Savannah 5-0. Panghal (51kg), too, displayed his class as he reached his second consecutive CWG final.

Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) also remained on course for gold in her maiden appearance.

Nikhat started the semifinal on a confident note and dominated all three rounds to emerge the winner in the lop-sided bout. As expected, the 26-year-old Indian was in lead after the opening round with all the five judges ruling it in her favour, and it went on similar lines in the ensuing two rounds.

Panghal, who is vying to win the yellow metal after his silver in the last edition, came from behind to beat an aggressive Patrick Chinyemba of Zambia with a 5-0 unanimous decision win. Nitu, on the other hand, prevailed over Canada’s Priyanka Dhillon as she notched a RSC (Referee Stops Contest) win in the minimum weight category.

Such was the 21-year-old Nitu’s confidence that she played with an open guard, inviting her opponent to strike while using her straight jabs and combination punches to great effect. In the end, the referee had to end the contest. In pursuit of their maiden gold medals, both the boxers will have to overcome local challengers in Kiaran Macdonald (men’s fly) and Demie-Jade Resztan (women’s minimum) in their respective finals on Sunday.

first published:August 06, 2022, 23:47 IST
last updated:August 06, 2022, 23:50 IST