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Boxer Sarita enters final, Pinki wins bronze

Posted on Aug 02 2014 | IANS

Glasgow, Aug 1 : Former World Boxing Champion L. Sarita Devi came out with a stupendous performance to enter the Commonwealth Games final after Pinki Jangra had lost her semi-final bout to settle for the bronze medal at the SECC Hall here Friday.

Mozambique's Maria Machongua was no match for Sarita who won all the four rounds of two minutes each in the women's 57-60 kg category semi-final. Not only that, the veteran had a perfect 40 points from the available 40 from all three judges while her opponent had to settle for the bronze.

In the final Saturday, the 32-year-old Manipuri cop will take on Australia's Shelley Watts for the gold.

Earlier, Pinki brought home India's first medal from the discipline at the 2014 edition of the Games. She lost her women's 48-51 kg semi-final bout and took home the bronze.

The Haryana pugilist gave a tough fight to Michaela Walsh but the Northern Ireland woman's height and better reach helped her win all four rounds.

While Judge A gave both the boxers a total of 38 points, Judge B gave Michaela a perfect 40, four more than Pinki. Judge C too ruled in favour of Michaela, awarding her 39 points to Pinki's 37.

Devendro Singh, Mandeep Jangra and Vijender Singh will fight in their respective men's semi-final bouts later in the day.

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