Mary Kom and Nikhat Zareen continued on course for a fight and a ticket to the Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers, winning their single sessions between the diversity hearings at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Friday.
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While Nikhat won in contrast to Jyoti Gulia, Mary outpunched Ritu Grewal in the opening bouts of the 51kg, both registration common wins from the enormous 10-judge panel. The final bout to choose who would represent India at the Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers will be held in Wuhan, China, in February.
These were two of the five sessions that were solidly given to the winner with the other five bouts registration riven choices. The big astonishments were former World Championships medalist Saweety Boora, predictable to give a threatening fight to Pooja Rani in the final trials but going down 1-9 to Nupur in the 75kg and youth World champion Saakshi Chaudhary getting past Asian Championships bronze medallist Manisha Moun in the 57kg 7-3.
The 2016 World Championships silver medallist Sonia Lather got the healthier of her namesake and runner-up at the 2018 edition, Sonia Chahal, by an identical margin. Zareen, a gold-medallist from the admired Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria, defeated Gulia, in a common verdict in the opening bout.
“There is no pressure to victory or anything. For an extended time, I have been fighting to have this session and today it will happen tomorrow so I am just waiting for it and seeing onward to giving my 100 percent,” Nikhat said after her bout.
The 23-year old added. “There is no plan but I will try not to repeat mistakes from the India Open. Whatever the decision is tomorrow, I am well-ready for it. I will just try to avoid also much of relaxing like it happened in Mary didi’s bout today and there is clean, fair-minded and beautiful boxing,”