Manju enters quarters
Star Boxer Mary Kom Will Begin Campaign Against Thai Opponent Today
Ulan-Ude (Russia): India’s Manju Rani (48kg) on Monday advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Women’s Boxing Championships after a comprehensive victory in the last-16 stage here.
The sixth-seeded Indian prevailed 5-0 over Venezuela’s Rojas Tayonis Cedeno to stand just one win away from securing a medal in her debut at the big event.
However, next up for her is a tough one in last edition’s bronze-medallist and top seed Kim Hyang Mi of South Korea. The two will clash on October 10. Clean punches were few and far in Rani’s clash against Cedeno but the Indian was the one fetching most of them. Both the boxers stuck to a defensive approach but Rani was the more accurate of the two.
Rani is a silver-medallist from the prestigious Strandja Memorial boxing tournament in Bulgaria earlier this year.
In the second and last Indian bout of the day, Manju Bamboriya (64kg) was up against fourth-seeded Italian Angela Carini. She put up a spirited fight but the European Championships silver-medallist was just too strong for her. The Indian went down 1-4 in a split decision.
On Tuesday, six-time champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) will begin her campaign by taking on Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong in the round of 16. The third-seeded Indian got a bye in the opening round.
In the 75kg division, former silver-medallist Saweety Boora (75kg) will square off against second-seeded Welshwoman Lauren Price. Price is a European Games gold-medallist and fetched a bronze in the last edition of the world showpiece. She is also the reigning Commonwealth Games champion.
An athlete-turnedwhistleblower previously coached by banned coach Alberto Salazar has called for his Nike Oregon Project (NOP) to be closed down. Salazar was last week banned for four years, in the middle of the World Championships, following a four-year investigation by the US AntiDoping Agency (USADA). Athletes from his group won three gold medals in Doha.
US runner Kara Goucher, who was coached by Salazar from 2004 to 2011 and provided key evidence in the case against him, told the BBC on Sunday she wants the NOP to be shut down. “It (NOP) has to go,” Goucher said. “I feel really bad for the athletes because I’m sure many of them are innocent” she said. “If I was Nike I’d be bringing in some new coaches and move on from this Oregon Project.”
Salazar, who guided Mo Farah from 2011 until 2017, says he has done nothing wrong and will appeal the ban. Nike has said it will support Salazar.
QUEEN OF THE DAY: Manju Rani (left) lands a punch on Venezuela’s Rojas Tayonis Cedeno