Four Indian boxers, including three women, advanced to the semifinals with impressive victories as India’s secure medal rose to 12 in the Asian Championships here.
Sanjeet (91 kg), Sakshi (54 kg), Jaismine (57 kg) and Olympic Simranjit Kaur (60 kg) joined Shiva Thapa (64 kg) in the last four stages after late evening victories in their quarterfinal matches on Tuesday.
They added to the seven medals, including that of six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), which were guaranteed on the day of the draw.
India Open gold medalist Sanjit defeated Tajikistan’s Yasur Kurbonov 5-0 to reach the men’s semifinals with Tapa.
His next opponent is the silver medalist from the last edition, Sanjar Tursunov from Uzbekistan, who is ranked third this year.
In the women’s competition, Sakshi (54 kg) won better than Tajik Ruhafzo Khakazarova with 5: 0 to create a clash against the most productive Dina Jolaman from Kazakhstan.
Jaismine passed Oyuntsetseg Yesugen from Mongolia 4-1 and will now face Vladislava Kukhta from Kazakhstan.
Simrandjit, who recently recovered from COVID-19, defeated Raikhona Kodirova of Uzbekistan 4-1. Her next opponent is also Kazakhstan’s Rima Volosenko.
On Wednesday, Indian Olympic men-pugilists Amit Pangal (52 kg), Vikas Krishan (69 kg) and Ashish Kumar (75 kg) will start their campaign.
Silver medalist from the World Championship and defender of the champion Panghal will face Mongolia Harkuu Enhmandah.
The two will fight in the Asian qualifiers in 2020 in Amman, Jordan, where the Indian triumphed in a grueling race.
Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan will face Islam Moslam Malamir, while the silver medalist of the latest edition, Ashish, will face silver medalist from the World Championships and the Asian Games, Abilhan Amankul from Kazakhstan.