No silver lining after Delhi get the KO punch

Delhi will have to be content with three bronze medals after all three of its pugilists in action on Wednesday were knocked out in the semifinals of the 13th Senior Women's Boxing Nationals in Guwahati. Coach Dalvir Singh said he was satisfied with the boxers overall performances. "I think three medals at a national level tournament is a good result but I think our boxers could have shown more fight in their matches today," said Singh. Indeed the defeat was lopsided in each of the semifinal.

Geeta Solanki was beaten 16-4 by M Meenakumari of Nagaland in the bantamweight category (54kg) , light welterweight (64kg) Heena Tokas was outplayed 18-5 by Suman, representing AIP while in a completely one sided encounter Sawita Rawat went down 20-4 to Pwilao Basumatry of Assam in the featherweight category (57kg).

There was better fortune for the Railways boxers as flyweight (51kg) Pinki Jangra and middleweight (75kg) Pooja Rani assured themselves of silver after moving into the finals with commanding victories in their semifinal match. While Pinki Jangra won her bout against Basanti Chanu of All India Police 29-16, no judges were required in Pooja's match with referee Millan Vaidya stopping the bout after deciding that opponent Poonam Mahant of MP had been outclassed.

The scores incidentally were 10-0 in favor of Pooja at that stage. While Jangra who finished behind Mary Kom in last years Nationals, has a good chance to take gold against N Tonia Bala Chanu of Arunachal Pradesh this time, Pooja who has been working on a new technique over the last few months faces Kavita Goyat who had beaten her in the final last year.

Upset win

The shock win of the was provided by Mamta of Haryana who downed, the youth world and reigning national champion, Sarjubala Devi of Manipur. In 48kg category, Haryana state champion and the bronze medallist at the 2011 senior nationals, Mamta entered the ring looking to avenge last year's defeat against the 19-year-old Manipuri boxing sensation, and she made her intentions clear at the beginning of the first round itself.

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