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India second in Asian women's boxing

Last updated on: November 22, 2003 23:04 IST

North Korea retained the Asian women's boxing title, claiming six gold medals as hosts India finished second with a five-gold haul in the second Asian Women's Boxing championships in Hisar on Saturday.

North Korea claimed nine medals -- six gold, two silver and one bronze -- and garnered 38 points to take the top spot while India bagged 13 medals -- five gold, four silver and four bronze -- and finished with 35 points.

China secured two gold, three silver and four bronze for a third place finish after garnering 16 points.

Chinese Taipei and South Korea won two silver medals each.

M C Marykom held India's flag high to win the 46kg category final against Chou Szo Yin of Chinese Taipei.

Marykom, winner of the gold medal in inaugural edition of the competition, outscored her opponent before the referee stopped the contest in the second round.

The Indian began the bout with confidence and vigour and turned aggressive as the fight progressed to beat the previous edition's silver medallist.

In the 50kg category, World championship bronze medallist Meena Kumari lost to North Korea's Kim Kwang Ok, who excelled with a calculated approach. Meena was guilty of poor footwork and her opponent took advantage of her mistakes.

Rijong Hyang of North Korea, gold medallist of the last World Boxing Championship, retained her gold in 48 kg category by thrashing China's Se Yanfurong by 33-24 points.

In the 52 kg category also North Korea boxer was unstoppable, Pak Kyok OK won gold defeating India's Sushma by outscoring her.

It was yet another tough contest of the Championship in the 54 kg category. In this, L Sarita of India was pitted against the first Asian Boxing Championship Winner Ha Son Bi of North Korea. Just before the end of first round, L Sarita forced the referee to give eight standing counts to Son Bi.

It appeared neck and neck fight in the second round but in the third round Sarita's left cuts with aggressive punching.

India's other gold came through R L Jenny (63kg), Aruna (66kg) and Jyotsana in (80kg).

Results:

46 kg - MC Marry Com (India) bt Chooszo Yin (China Taipei)
48 kg - Rijong Hyang (North Korea) bt SE Yan Furong (China)
50 kg - Kim Kwang OK (North Korea) bt Meena Kumari (India)
52 kg - Pak Kyok OK (North Korea) bt Sushma (India)
54 kg - L Sarita (India) bt Ha Son BI (North Korea)
57 kg - Yun Kum Ju (North Korea) bt Kim Hyo Min (South Korea)
60 kg - Kang Kum Hui (North Korea) bt Asha Rani (India)
63 KG - Jenny (India) bt Kim Hye Yong (North Korea)
66 kg - Aruna (India) bt Wang xian (China)
70 kg - Kim Chol (North Korea) bt SHI Hongning (China)
75 kg - GUO Shuai (China) bt Lekha (India)
80 kg - Jyotsna (India) bt Kim Ji soo (South Korea)
86 kg - Wang Yanan (China) bt Panhul Ling (China Taipei).