RSPB wins team title at women’s national championships with 12 medals

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The Railway Sports Promotion Board defended their tag team title as the fifth national elite women’s boxing championships wrapped up on Wednesday at St Joseph’s International School in Hisar.

The RSPB team concluded the event with 12 medals, including five gold, six silver and one bronze, and remarkably the RSPB boxers won medals in each weight class making it an unforgettable performance.

The final day of the event, hosted by the Indian Boxing Federation in association with the Haryana Boxing Sangh, also saw the dominating performances of Pooja Rani from Haryana, the two-time Asian champion, who convincingly defeated RSPB’s Nupur 5-0 in the 81kg class as well as state mate Neetu, who won a surprise unanimous victory over RSPB World Championships silver medalist Manju Rani in the 48 kg category.

2016 World Championships silver medalist Sonia Lather led the RSPB’s dominance with a comfortable 5-0 victory over All India Police’s Manisha in the 57kg class.

Later, in the 60kg class, Meena Rani handed the team their second gold when they fought off the challenge of Haryana’s Jaismine to win the game 3-2. Jaismine received the best challenger award for his impressive show.

Anamika (50kg), Shiksha (54kg) and Nandini (+ 81kg) were the other RSPB pugilists who emerged as champions.

Haryana took second with nine medals (four gold, four silver and one bronze) while Delhi finished third with one gold and two bronze.

Nikhat Zareen of Telangana also won the title in the 52 kg category, beating Minakshi of Haryana 4-1 in the final. Nikhat was also voted best boxer in the championships.

Meanwhile, in the 70kg category, reigning junior world champion Arundhati Choudhary of Rajasthan also put in an impressive performance to win gold after beating Pooja of the RSPB 5-0.

The championship gold and silver medalists earned places in the national coaching camp. The two remaining names for the camp in each category will be selected on the basis of performance in the selection events, which will take place immediately after the nationals.

During the trials, the bronze medalists will compete alongside boxers representing the second team of the top 3 teams from the last national championships – Railway Sports Promotion Board, Haryana and All India Police.

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