Vastavam web: M C Mary Kom claimed a gold in the women’s competition but Indian men were denied a complete sweep by traditional powerhouses Cuba and Uzbekistan on an exciting final day of the India Open boxing tournament, here today.Mary Kom (48kg) got the better of Filipino Josie Gabuco 4-1 in a battle of attrition to come up trumps.Pwilao Basumatary (64kg) was the first among them to fetch a gold. The former world and Asian bronze medallist claimed a 3-2 win over Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee.
The Assam boxer is a regular in the national camp and had claimed a gold medal at the 2015 Nation’s Cup in Serbia.Another Assam boxer, Lovlina Borgohain claimed the welterweight (69kg) gold among women, getting the better of compatriot Pooja.In the evening, Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Pinki Jangra (51kg) registered a unanimous victory over Mongolia’s Jargalan Ochirbat. Manisha (54kg) added to the gold rush for women by claiming the top honours in the all-Indian final against M Meenakumari.In the men’s draw, Sanjeet (91kg) picked up India’s first gold of the day when he upstaged Uzbekistan’s Sanjar Tursunov.
The Indian matched Tursunov punch for punch in an engrossing contest before getting a split 3-2 verdict in his favour.National champion Manish Kaushik (60kg), who stunned world and Asian medallist Shiva Thapa yesterday, didn’t have to step inside the ring to collect his gold.Dinesh Dagar took the welterweight (69kg) silver after going down to Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov. In perhaps the most entertaining bout of the day, the Uzbek turned on the style against the gritty Indian.With a smile on his face throughout and a mostly non- existent guard, Baturov was every bit a showman as he craftily got the better of Dinesh in a unanimous verdict.Although the crowd favourite gave a good account of himself in defensive tactics, the Cuban connected enough with his jabs to score a split 4-1 victory.Former world silver medallist Saweety Boora (75kg) also had to be content with a second place finish against Cameroon’s Essaine Clotilde.