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Kavita misses Olympic berth but wins World C'ships medal

May 18, 2012 17:19 IST

Kavita Chahal (+81kg) emerged the lone Indian woman boxer to win a medal at the World Championships after settling for a bronze in Qinhuangdao, China, on Friday.

The Indian went down 9-15 to Kazakhstan's Yuldus Mamatkulova and bowed out of the event, but was the only one from the 10-member team to fetch a medal.

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This is India's worst performance at the mega-event as even five-time World champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) lost in the quarter-finals even though she secured an Olympic slot.

Kavita conceded a three-point lead in the fist round and though she tried hard to make a comeback, she was left with a big margin to cover and eventually went down 9-15.

The Indian boxing team thus rounded off a rather disappointing campaign, as the last time it returned with just one medal from the event was in 2001, when it won only a silver.

India's best show was in the 2006 edition when the country topped the table with eight medals.

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