Mary Kom advanced to final, Shiva Thapa settled for bronze medal

Vastavam web: Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom advanced to the final but Shiva Thapa settled for a bronze medal after an upset semifinal loss in the India Open boxing tournament for men and women here today.Seeded 12th, Mary Kom (48kg) was up against a rather gritty Mongolian Altansetseg Lutsaikhan.The Manipuri did seem drained in the final three minutes but managed to connect just enough blows to come up trumps.

Mary Kom will face Philippine’s Josie Gabuco. Gabuco sent second seed and local favourite Monika packing with a dominating performance.The Manipuri did seem drained in the final three minutes but managed to connect just enough blows to come up trumps.Mary Kom will face Philippine’s Josie Gabuco. Gabuco sent second seed and local favourite Monika packing with a dominating performance.Sarita will face Finland’s Olympic and world bronze- medallist Mira Potkonen in her summit clash.

“She hits very hard, her punches have a lot of power. I have to primarily guard against that,” Sarita said about her final opponent.Potkonen ousted second seed and home favourite Pavithra in her last-four stage clash.Eventually Sonia prevailed in a unanimous verdict for perhaps being a shade more attacking and accurate than Shashi.Sonia will face Filipino Nesthy Petecio in the final.

Also ending with a bronze medal was former world silver- winner Sarjubala Devi (51kg). Sarjubala went down in a split 3-2 verdict to Mongolian Jargalan Ochirbat.Another fancied Indian name to bow out with a bronze medal in the women’s draw was national champion and second seed Simranjit Kaur (64kg).