NEW DELHI, June 22: Debutant Vanhlimpuia (75kg) and Etash Khan (56kg) advanced to the semifinals to assure themselves of medals at the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament in Mongolia today.
However, the experienced L Sarita Devi (60kg) lost a closely contested quarterfinal bout to Chinese Taipei�s Shih Yu Wu to bow out of the tournament.
Vanhlimpuia, competing in his maiden international tournament, defeated Korea�s Song Myong Su in an unanimous verdict, producing a power-packed performance.
Etash, on the other hand, had to slog it out a bit against China�s Jia Wei Lu before fetching a split verdict in his favour from the judges.
India were earlier assured of four more medals when world and Asian silver-winner Sonia Lather (57kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Himanshu Sharma (49kg) and Ashish (64kg) advanced to the semifinals. � PTI