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Manipur boxers bag best team title

By Sports reporter

GUWAHATI, July 25 � Manipur won three gold medals and clinched the best team title scoring 28 points in the 6th Youth Women National Boxing Championship which concluded at the Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium here today.

Assam was declared second best team with 25 points while Punjab came third with 19 points.

Sarjubala Devi, who got the best boxer award, won the first gold medal for Manipur defeating Rebecca of Mizoram 9-2 in the final of the 48 kg weight group. Sony Chanu added one more gold to Manipur�s coffer with a 2-0 point victory against Punjab girl Priyanka. E Memthoi clinched the third gold for Manipur thrashing Heena Tokak of Delhi by 6-2 points.

For Assam, Fwilao Basumatary won the first gold medal downing Manipur girl Lakia Soyiban 6-1 in the 54 kg category. The second gold for Assam came through Anjali Muchahary who defeated Muklesh Kumar of Haryana by 7-2 points in the 60 kg group final.

It was a disappointing day for Anita Kahar as the agile Assam girl went down to Sonia of Haryana 5-8. Another Assam girl Minu Basumatary was also beaten in the final by her Punjab opponent Monika Soun 1-3 in a tough contest. Anita, however was adjudged most promising boxer of the meet.

Other gold medal winners were Princy of Kerala who beat Namrata of Madhya Pradesh 3-2 in the 75 kg group and Jagmeet Kaur of Uttarakhand who defeated Aman Deep of Punjab 8-1 in the 81 kg category. In the last match of the day, Nidhi of Haryana knocked out Tanuja Joshi of Uttarakhand in the third round.

Meanwhile, rain water leaked into the interior of the stadium due to a damaged roof which caused severe inconvenience to the players and the spectators.

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