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Age just a number for Kavita

Packing a punch: Kavita Chahal, left, used her tall frame to good effect against Barbara Sampson.

Packing a punch: Kavita Chahal, left, used her tall frame to good effect against Barbara Sampson.  

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Easy for young Shashi Chopra; Sonia Chahal shaky

She’s 33 and the mother of a four-year-old son, still Kavita Chahal packs a punch in the boxing ring. A two-time World championship bronze medallist, the policewoman from Haryana toyed with Rajasthan’s Barbara Sampson and entered the heavyweight semifinals in the fourth Elite women’s Nationals at the Mundayad indoor stadium here on Friday evening.

Her tall frame offered Kavita a wonderful reach and with her opponent adopting a crouching stance almost all through, trying to get in, the Haryana star appeared almost a foot taller than her opponent. That made her job easier and Kavita frequently used the right upper cut and the right jab to good effect and in the second round, a right hook forced Barbara to take an eight-count.

“I have two training sessions now instead of three to stay fit,” said Kavita, one of the four Arjuna Awardees in women’s boxing. “I hope to continue for another two years and since my category (above 81kg) is not an Olympic event, I will focus on Asian championships.”

Unanimous verdict

Haryana’s 20-year-old Shashi Chopra, who has moved from the 57kg which brought her 2017 youth World gold to 60kg, also found the going easy, against Chandigarh’s Manju with a 5-0 verdict to enter the lightweight semifinals.

“I lost weight to stay in the 57kg but I found it very difficult to put my full effort in boxing. And since the 60kg is also an Olympic category, I moved up to that,” said Shashi, a wrestler turned boxer.

Meanwhile Railway’s Sonia Chahal, the 2017 World champion, appeared a bit shaky against Himachal Pradesh’s Vinakshi and made the last-four stage with a split verdict in the 57kg.

Select results (quarterfinals): Light flyweight (48kg): Monika (Rly) bt Rajani Singh (UP) 3-2; Anchu Sabu (Ker) bt Aarti (Har) 5-0.

Flyweight (51kg): Jyoti Gulia (Rly) bt Mansi Sharma (UP) 5-0; Soibam Rebika Devi (Man) bt Joy Kumari (Asm) 5-0.

Bantamweight (54kg): M. Meenakumari Devi (Pol) bt Sabiha Khanam (Jha) 5-0; Meenakashi (Rly) bt Manju Basumatary (Asm) 5-0.

Featherweight (57kg): Sonia Chahal (Rly) bt Vinakshi (HP) 3-2; Sakshi Chaudhary (Har) bt T.C. Lalremruati (Miz) 5-0.

Lightweight (60kg): Shashi Chopra (Har) bt Manju (Chd) 5-0; Pavitra (Rly) bt Suman Kumari (Raj) RSC-3.

Light welterweight (64kg): Pwilao Basumatary (Rly) bt Siwi (Har) 3-2; Ankushita Boro (Asm) bt Abisak Vanlamawii (Miz) 5-0.

Welterweight (69kg): Lalita (Raj) bt Priyanka (Bih) 5-0; Meena Rani (Rly) bt Shretima Thakur (HP) 5-0.

Middleweight (75kg): K.A. Indraja (Ker) bt Manu Badhan (Pun) 5-0; Nupur (Har) bt Neha Chauhan (Utk) RSC-1.

Light heavyweight (81kg): Shaili Singh (UP) bt Kavya (Kar) RSC-1; Bhagyabati Kachari (Rly) bt Saara Qureshi (Tel) RSC-1.

Heavyweight (above 81kg): Kavita Chahal (Pol) bt Barbara Sampson (Raj) 5-0; P.M. Anaswara (Ker) bt Naganika Gonella (Tel) 5-0.

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