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China Open Boxing championship

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Indian women pugilists Monica Suan (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) had to be content with bronze medals after losing their respective semi-final bouts in the China Open boxing tournament held at the Guiyang Sports Gymnasium. Monica, playing in the light-weight category, made it to the last four stage of the tournament by comfortably beating Hlaing KyuKyu of Myanmar. But in the semi-finals, she was up against Asian Games gold medalist and a silver medalist at the 2010 AIBA world championships, Dong Cheng of China. And the Chinese boxer dominated the bout from the very beginning and did not give Monica many chances to score. She lost the bout with a score of 8:24 and had to settle for a bronze. In the middle-weight division, Pooja, who won a silver medal at the recently concluded Arafura Games in Australia, was up against Ning Yuyu of Guizhou, the second team from China. The nimble footed Chinese boxer took a quick 5:2 lead in the first round and never let Pooja get into back into the game. In the end, Pooja could only manage a bronze with a 5:16 defeat.

Asian Cup Boxing

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India’s five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (48kg) clinched her first gold medal of the year by finishing on top in the Asian Cup Women’s boxing tournament in Haikou, China. The mother-of-two from Manipur claimed the gold after beating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4-3 in the final.

Ghamanda Ram

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India’s middle-distance runner Ghamanda Ram had narrowly missed gold in 800m in the opening leg of the Asian Grand Prix meet in the Chinese city of Jiaxiang. Iran’s Sadjad Moradi, who clocked 1:50.47 won the race. Ghamanda clocked 1:50.69. Chinese runner Yang Xiaofei took the bronze in 1:50.84, while Sajeesh Joseph, the second Indian in the race, finished fifth in 1:51.62. Seema Antil clinched bronze in women’s discus throw with a throw of 49.77m.

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