India boxer Manju Rani continued her quest for a maiden gold medal as she defeated Chuthamat Raksat 4-1 of Thailand in 48kg category to enter the final of Women’s World Boxing Championships 2019 in Ulan-Ude (Russia) on Saturday.
The sixth-seed Manju had earlier stunned top-seeded Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea 4-1 in the quarter-finals on Thursday to ensure India a second medal at the championships. She entered the event after receiving a first-round bye before beating Cedeno Rojas in the pre-quarters earlier this week.
Earlier in the day, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom lost her semi-final bout to Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu in what turned out to be a close encounter. The third-seed lost 1-4 but the Indian contingent protested the decision.
However, AIBA’s technical committee turned down their appeal.
The 36-year-old Mary Kom later expressed her disappointment on Twitter, questioning the result. “How and why. Let the world know how much right and wrong the decision is,” she posted.
“Mary fought exceptionally well and should have won the bout. We are still quite stunned that the decision did not go in her favour,” India assistant coach and Mary Kom’s trainer Chhote Lal Yadav told PTI.
Jamuna Boro (54kg) will next take on top seed and former Asian Games bronze-medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei later in the day. Last edition’s bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) will face China’s Yang Liu, who took down top seed Chen Nien-Chin.