Payal, Nisha and Akansha strike gold in the World Junior Boxing Championships


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Young pugilists Payal, Nisha and Akansha won a gold medal each after dominating performances as India ended their impressive campaign at the IBA Junior World Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia with 17 medals on Tuesday. The Indian contingent secured three gold, nine silver and five bronze medals from the championships. The Indian women’s team finished second in the event. Payal handed India its first gold when she outclassed local favorite Petrosyan Heghine of Armenia by unanimous decision in the girls’ 48kg final. Later, Asian youth champions Nisha and Akansha lived up to expectations as they extended their dream run to win gold medals in style.

Nisha (52kg) and Akansha (70kg) beat Abdullaoeva Farinoz of Tajikistan and Taimazova Elizaveta of Russia respectively by identical 5-0 margins.

Three other Indian women in action on the final day, Vini (57kg), Shrushti (63kg) and Megha (80kg) settled with silver medals after suffering defeat in their respective final bouts.

In the men’s section, Sahil (75kg) and Hemant (80kg) added silver medals to the Indian tally after going down 0-5 in their respective finals.

Jatin (54kg) also put up a strong fight against Tulebek Nurassyl of Kazakhstan before losing 1-4 in an exciting match.

A total of 12 Indians had made it to the finals, which was more than any other country in this edition.

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