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Ulaanbaatar Cup: Five Indian boxers reach final

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), June 24 :
World silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) and Mandeep Jangra were among the five Indian boxers to enter the finals, while four others, including Shiva Thapa (60kg), signed off with bronze medals in the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament in Mongolia on Saturday.

Besides Sonia and Mandeep, others who made it to the finals included Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), a gold-medallist at the India Open earlier this year, Himanshu Sharma (49kg), and Muhammed Etash Khan (56kg).

Ending with bronze medals were Shiva, debutant Vanhmlimpuia (75kg), Ashish (64kg), and Bina Devi Koijam (48kg), a direct entrant into the last-four stage owing to the small size of the women's draw.

While Shiva lost a closely-contested bout to home boxer Battumur Misheelt, Bina was out-punched by Korean Kim Kum Sun.

Ashish and debutante Vanhmlimpuia gave their all in their respective bouts but fell short when it came to getting judges' nod.

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