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Vinka, Poonam give India winning start at youth boxing Worlds

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Kielce (Poland), April 14 (IANS) The 2019 Asian Youth Champion Vinka and Poonam kicked off their campaign on a winning note to give India a perfect start at the AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Championships.

Playing in the women’s 60kg category, Vinka, who bagged gold medal in the recently-concluded Adriatic Pearl Tournament, registered a 3-2 victory against her Russian opponent Panteleeva Daria while Poonam produced a flawless performance to outclass Columbia’s Arboleda Valeria 5-0 in the women’s 57kg opening round bout.

With the victories on the opening day of the tournament, Vinka and Poonam have now advanced into the pre-quarterfinals of their respective categories where they will take on Tara Bohatjuk of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary’s Beata Varga respectively on Thursday.

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The second day of the prestigious tournament will see three Indians in action as the Asian Youth Championships silver medallist Ankit Narwal set to begin the country’s campaign in the men’s category as he will be up against Slovakia’s Miroslav Herceg in the 64kg category opening round bout. While Vikas (52kg) and Vishal Gupta (91kg) will fight against Bulgarian pugilists Yasen Radev and Georgi Stoev respectively in their opening round matches.

–IANS

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