RSPB Dominant Lifting Team Championship Trophy with 12 medals

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Hisar, Oct 27 (IANS) The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) successfully defended their tag team title as the 5th Elite Women’s Boxing National Championships concluded here on Wednesday.

The RSPB team concluded the prestigious event with 12 medals, including five gold, six silver and one bronze, and remarkably the RSPB boxers won medals in each weight class, making it made an unforgettable performance.

The final day of the event, hosted by the Indian Boxing Federation (BFI) in association with the Haryana Boxing Sangh, also saw the dominant performances of Pooja Rani of Haryana, the two-time Asian champion, who beat so convincing Nupur 5- from RSPB. 0 in the 81kg class as well as her state mate Neetu, who took a surprise victory by a unanimous margin over RSPB World Championship silver medalist Manju Rani in the 48kg class.

With the participation of over 320 boxers from 36 states / UT / boards, BFI successfully performed the sixth national event, with strict safety protocols, after sport resumed in the country after the COVID-19 pandemic. BFI President Ajay Singh was present at the tournament’s closing ceremony.

2016 World Championships silver medalist Sonia Lather led the RSPB dominance with a comfortable 5-0 victory over All India Police’s Manisha in the 57kg class. Later, in the 60kg category, Meena Rani won the second team gold medal when she fended off the challenge of Haryana’s Jaismine to win the intense match 3-2. Jaismine received the best challenger award for his impressive show. Anamika (50kg), Shiksha (54kg) and Nandini (+ 81kg) were the other RSPB pugilists who emerged as champions.

Haryana, whose boxers showed skill and application, took second place with nine medals (four gold, four silver and one bronze) while Delhi finished third with a medal of gold and two bronze.

Nikhat Zareen of Telangana also claimed the title in the 52 kg category by beating Minakshi of Haryana 4-1 in the final. Nikhat also received the championships best boxer award for his brilliant performance in the event which surely would have caught the attention of coaches and selectors.

Meanwhile, in the 70kg category, reigning junior world champion Arundhati Choudhary of Rajasthan also put on a memorable show to win gold after beating Pooja of the RSPB 5-0.

The championship gold and silver medalists have carved out a place for themselves in the national coaching camp. The two remaining names for the camp in each category will be selected on the basis of performance in the selection events, which will take place immediately after the nationals. During the trials, the bronze medalists will compete alongside the boxers representing the second team of the first 3 teams of the last national championships – Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), Haryana and All India Police.

–IANS

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