The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) successfully defended their tag team title at the 5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships on Wednesday.
The RSPB team won 12 medals at the national boxing championships to emerge victorious at St Joseph’s International School in Hisar.
The RSPB team won five gold, six silver and one bronze. Remarkably, RSPB boxers have won medals in every weight class, making it an unforgettable performance.
Two-time Asian boxing star Haryana Pooja Rani convincingly defeated RSPB’s Nupur 5-0 in the 81kg class. Meanwhile, Neetu picked up a surprise victory by a unanimous margin over RSPB World Championship silver medalist Manju Rani in the 48kg class.
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Sonia Lather, silver medalist at the 2016 World Championships, led the domination of the RSPB. She recorded a comfortable 5-0 victory over Manisha of the All India Police in the 57 kg category.
In the 60kg class, Meena Rani handed the team a second gold when she dodged a tough challenge at 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.
Boxing stars Haryana and Delhi finish second and third
The Haryana boxing stars showed skill and application and took second place with nine medals including four gold, four silver and one bronze. Meanwhile, Delhi finished third with one gold and two bronze.
Nikhat Zareen of Telangana also won the title in the 52 kg category, beating Minakshi of Haryana 4-1 in the final.
Nikhat also received the boxing championships best boxer award for his brilliant show at the event. This performance would surely have caught the attention of coaches and selectors.
Meanwhile, in the 70kg category, reigning junior world champion Arundhati Choudhary from Rajasthan also put on a memorable show to win gold after beating Pooja of the RSPB 5-0.
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