Uttarakhand's Nivedita Karki put up a scintillating show as she stunned reigning Youth World Champion Gitika to clinch the gold medal at the 4th Youth Men’s and Women’s National Championships at Delhi Public School (DPS) in Sonipat on Friday.
Nivedita, who made headlines last year in February after winning gold medal for the country at Golden Girl Box Cup in Sweden, showed courageous efforts in a nail-biting women's 48kg summit clash against the Haryana boxer Gitika and tilted the result of the match 3-2 in her favour, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) stated in a release.
It stated that the fourth edition of the youth championships, which also marked a successful return of domestic boxing action in the country post COVID-19 pandemic, witnessed domination of Harayan and Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) as they retained their team championships titles in the women's and men's category respectively. Haryana concluded their successful campaign with 12 medals, including 7 gold and 5 silver, in the women's category while SSCB finished at top in the men's event with 10 medals (7 gold and 3 silver), it added.
It further stated that following Gitika's loss in the first bout of the day, Tamanna handed defending champions Haryana its first gold in the women's category as she outperformed Rajasthan's Anjali Choudhary 5-0 in 50kg final. Neha (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Lashu Yadav (70kg), Khushi (63kg) and Deepika (+81) were the other gold medallists from Haryana in the women's category. Haryana boxers also impressed in the men's event as they finished second with 4 gold and 5 silver medals, it added.
BFI stated that the 2021 World Youth Championships bronze medallist Bishwamitra Chongtham led the glorious run for SSCB in the men's event as he blanked Himachal Pradesh's Abhinav Katoch 5-0 to secure the gold medal in the 51 kg category. Vishwanath Suresh (48kg), Vicktor Singh Shaikom (54kg), Vijay Singh (57kg), Ravichandra Singh (60kg), Jaydeep Rawat (71kg) and Deepak (75kg) were the others who claimed gold medals for SSCB, it added.
It further stated that the youth championships saw the participation of 479 boxers from across the country. The event will be followed by the third edition of Junior Boys National Championships and the fourth edition of Junior Girls National Championships which are scheduled from July 26 to 31, it added.
The Youth and Junior National Championships provide a good opportunity for boxers to showcase their skills as the top performers will be selected for the 2021 ASBC Youth and Junior Boxing Championships which is slated to take place in Dubai from August 17-31, it stated.
(48kg) Nivedita Karki (UTK) bt Gitika (HR) 3-2; (50kg) Tamanna (HR) bt Anjali Choudhary (RAJ) 5-0; (52kg) Simran Verma (MAH) bt Neeru Khatri (HR) 3-2; (54kg) Neha ((HR) bt Aarti Dhariyal (UTK) RSC-2; (57kg) Preeti (HR) bt Neelam Singh Chauhan (UP) RSC-1; (60Kg) Preeti Dahiya (HR) bt Kalpana (RAJ) 5-0; (63kg) Khushi (HR) bt Komal Dhami (UTK) RSC-2; (66kg) Sneha Kumari (HP) bt Muskan (HR) 5-0; (70kg) Lashu Yadav (HR) bt Shivani (Del) 3-2; (75kg) Khushi (PUN) bt Saneha (HR) 5-0; (81kg) Tanishbir Kaur Sadhu (PUN) bt Nidhi (HR) 5-0; (+81kg) Deepika (HR) bt Mohini Rana (UTK) RSC-1.
(48kg) Vishwanath Suresh (SSCB) bt Upendra Challa (AP) 5-0; (51kg) Bishwamitra Chongtham (SSCB) bt Abhinav Katoch (HP) 5-0; (54kg) Victor Singh Shaikhom (SSCB) bt Laldinsanga (MIZ) 3-2; (57kg) Vijay Singh (SSCB) bt Himanshu Shrivas (MP) 4-1; (60kg) Rabichandra Singh L.(SSCB) bt Vikas Kumar (MP) RSC- R1; (64g) Vanshaj (HAR) bt Sanathoi Meitei M. (SSCB) 5-0; (67kg) Daksh Singh (DEL) bt Anjani Kumar M. (SSCB) 3-2; (71kg) Jaydeep Rawat (SSCB) bt Himanshu Negi (UTK) 5-0; (75kg) Deepak (SSCB) bt Kunal Ghorpade (MAH) 5-0; (80kg) Vishal (HAR) bt Rockey Chaudhary (UP) 5-0; (86kg) Aditya Janghu (HAR) bt Vishal Gupta (SSCB) 3-0; (92kg) Abhimanyu (HAR) bt Jaskaran Singh (PUN) ABD-R1; (+92kg) Aman Singh Bist (MP) bt Nakul Sharma (DDNH) RSC- R2.