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Amit Phangal, Nikhat, Meena Wins Gold at Strandja Memorial Boxing

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Amit Phangal, Nikhat Zareen and Meena Kumari Devi claimed three gold medals for the country at the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Bulgaria.

Asian Games gold-medallist Amit Panghal (49kg) clinched his second consecutive gold at the finals of the Strandja Memorial Tournament on Tuesday. Indian women boxers also scripted history with maiden top finishes in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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The Armyman from Haryana pulled off a dominating 5-0 triumph over Kazakhstan’s Temirtas Zhussupov, who was left with a bleeding forehead at the end of the final bout.

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Former Junior World Champion, Nikhat Zareen and Meena Kumari Devi became the first set of Indian women boxers to secure gold medals at the prestigious tournament, which is into its 70th edition.

In total, India collected three golds, a silver, and three bronze medals in this edition of the event, which marks the beginning of the European boxing calendar.

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The multiple-time national medallist, Zareen, clinched a 5-0 win in the 51 kg category finals against Filipino Irish Magno whole Devi secured a 3-2 win over Aira Villegas from the Philippines, in the bantamweight (54kg) summit clash.

The legendary MC Mary Kom had won a silver medal at the event last year.

Zareen dedicated her medal to the CRPF martyrs

“I dedicate this medal to the martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack. It was a very sad day for us as a country,” Zareen told PTI over the phone from Sofia. She was referring to last week’s terrorist attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Zareen showed a great performance when he outflanked Magno with a rock solid defence.

Even though the bout seemed closer than the final scoreline but Zareen pulled it off by denying her opponent a clear shot. “ I just wanted to prove that I could get the better of her,” Zareen said.

The 22-year-old further expressed her happiness and claimed that her win is an answer to all those who you ted her abilities. She was denied a trial before the Asian Games last year despite being fit.

Devi, who won a bronze medal in the previous edition of the prestigious tournament, improved her podium performance.

Manju Rani clinched a silver medal in 48kg after going down to another Filipino in Josie Gabuco in a split 2-3 verdict.

Key to India’s success was ‘no pressure’ policy

India’s chief coach for women, Mohammed Ali Qamar said that the key to success is stress management and they consciously decided to keep the pressure off them.

India won 11 medals at the 2018 edition, two of them being gold, which is also considered to be the country’s best ever performance.

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