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Aruna enters semis, Aswathy crashes out in World C'ship

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) Aruna Mishra moved into the medal round of the 66 kg category but Aswathy Mol crashed out of the 70 kg category in the fourth World Women Boxing Championship here today.

After a great start, with Venus Cup gold medallists Chhotu Laura and L Sarita Devi winning their preliminary bouts in the 50 kg and 52 kg category respectively, the Indians could not end the day well.

Aruna was up against last year's European Championship bronze medallist Yeliz Yesil of Turkey and the Indian came out on top with a 17-7 win to book a semifinal berth.

The Venus Cup silver medallist hardly gave her opponent a chance as she took a 9-4 lead in the first round. Aruna continued to dominate and increased her lead to 12-5 in the second round.

The Indian then kept on charging relentlessly in the third round to push the Turkish girl to the ropes. The stadium erupted as Aruna won the bout 17-7.

However, Aswathy could not continue the winning streak for the Indians and was mauled 21-4 by last edition's silver medallist in the 57 kg category Ariane Fortin of Canada in the other quarterfinal.

This was Aswathy's second successive loss to Ariane after the semifinal thrashing in the Venus Cup. The Canadian overpowered Aswathy in all departments to win quite easily in the end.

Earlier, Chhotu beat Delphine Mancini of France for the second consecutive time after the Venus Cup final in a one-sided encounter.

Meanwhile, Sarita, who had been starving for some days to be in the 52 kg category, upset last World Championship's silver medallist Sumyera Kaya of Turkey.

Sumyera had beaten India's Jyotsana in the preliminary round bouts yesterday.

Chhotu opened the day's proceedings in the championship and made a great start, leading 6-0 in the first few minutes. The 22-year-old then slowed down a bit as Delphine tried to recover from the onslaught.

Chhotu continued to attack in the second round and the shocked Frenchwoman spent most of the time trying to duck the Indian, which also invited a warning from the refree.

The Haryana-girl counter-attacked in the final round on her coach's instructions and won the match 19-9.

She will take on Eun-A Jang of South Korea in the quarterfinal.

''Chhotu is a counter-attacking boxer. She knows how to take advantage whenever her opponents let the guard down. Moreover, she knew this French girl very well after having faced her in the Venus Cup final,'' assistant coach Chander Lal said after the bout.

''I just played from my mind and followed the coach's instructions. I know that anything can happen in the ring, but I was pretty clear in my mind that I was not going to let her get away with anything," Chhotu said after the bout.

Meanwhile, despite not having eaten properly for quite a few days to get into the 52 kg category, Sarita pulled off a major upset by beating Sumyera.

The decision of chief coach Anoop Kumar to take Sarita out of the 54 kg category paid dividends as she kept her opponent at a distance and went for the killer punches with regularity.

The Indian led from the start and used her straight right punch well to beat the Turk 18-6.

''I have played against her before and knew her strategy very well,'' she said after the upset win.

Sarita will now take on Maarit Teuronen of Finland in the next round tomorrow. Meanwhile World Champion M C Marykom will start her campaign when she faces Chandrika Guruge Sri Lanka in quarterfinal of the 46 kg category.

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