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Mary Kom, Sarita advance in South Asian Games qualifiers

January 20, 2016 20:42 IST

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Image: 2012 Olympics Bronze medal winner Mary Kom during South Asian Games qualifiers.

Five-time world champion Mary Kom and her colleague Sarita Devi continued to impress the crowd with agile movements for the second day in a row, outplaying their opponents in the South Asian Games qualifiers in Shillong on Wednesday.

Sarita defeated a tough opponent P Basumatary in the quarterfinal round to proceed in the South Asian Games qualifiers and test event at the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games.

Mary Kom on the other hand made mincemeat of Soniya in her bout to sail into the next round.

Sarjubala Devi, Aruna Mishra and Pooja Rani also beat their opponents to move ahead.

Dubbed as the bout of the day, the light-weight category match between five-time Asian championships winner, Sarita Devi and gold medal winner in the recently concluded 5th AIBA Nations Cup in Serbia, P Basumatary was a close one as expected.

The experienced boxers began with testing each others’ strengths and teasing each other in the first round. Sarita stepped up aggression in the second round but a sharp right jab from Basumatary threatened to rattle her for a moment.

Nevertheless, the senior and more experienced of the two, Sarita continued to enjoy upper hand in the duel.

The third round became more intense with Sarita going all out to assert her dominance and the result was 3-0 in favour of Sarita.

Earlier, a calm and composed Mary Kom shifted gears with ease to oust her Uttar Pradesh rival Soniya in the fly-weight category bout.

As was seen in day 1 of the event, Mary Kom preferred to keep a distance from her opponent while cashing in on every opportunity to score. In the end it was a 3-0 verdict, in favour of the Asian Games gold medalist.

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