Nandini had made it to the semi-finals on Tuesday after defeating Valeria Aksenova of Kazakhstan in the quarter-finals to ensure her medal.
Indian female boxer Nandini (Nandini) 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament being played in Sofia, Bulgaria (Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament) Bronze medal in 81 kg+ weight category. Nandini had a chance to get an even better medal but the boxer lost in the semi-finals played on Friday and had to be content with the bronze medal. In the last-4 match, Nandini defeated former world champion Lajjat Kungebaeva of Kazakhstan. (Lazzat Kungeibayeva) suffered defeat. Nandini lost 0-5.
Nandini had made it to the semi-finals on Tuesday after defeating Valeria Aksenova of Kazakhstan in the quarter-finals to ensure her medal. If she had reached the fine after winning this match, then she was sure to have at least a silver medal in her name.
expect from these two boxers
Now the only Indians left are former youth world champions Nikhat Zareen (52kg) and Neetu (48kg) who have reached the finals of their respective weight categories and will play the finals on Sunday. Neetu will face Italy’s Erica Prisandaro while Zareen will face Ukraine’s Tatiana Kobb. Zareen defeated Tokyo Olympic and World Championship silver medalist Busey Naaz Kakiroglu and Neetu defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota.
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Men’s team disappointed
The performance of the men’s team was poor this time with none of the seven making it to the medal round. Sumit Kundu had given hope by making a great start but he could not go much further. Sumit lost to defending world and European champion Aleksandr Khezhniak of Ukraine 0-5 in the pre-quarterfinals of the 75 kg weight category. Akash was defeated by Germany’s Daniel Kroter. Akash had to face defeat by a margin of 0-5. Talking about other women boxers, Anamika was eliminated in the last eight match on Wednesday after losing 1-4 to Algeria’s Roumesa Boulem. Shiksha lost to Kazakhstan’s former world champion and current Asian gold medalist Dina Zholaman.
India had won two medals in the previous stage of this tournament in which Deepak Kumar got silver and Naveen Bura got bronze. More than 450 boxers from 36 countries participated in the tournament. These include countries like Kazakhstan, Italy, Russia and France. Seven male and 10 female boxers from India took part in this tournament.