Sonia To Vie For Women's World Boxing Championships Gold, Bronze For Simranjit Kaur
Sonia beat Jo Son Hwa of North Korea to enter the final of the featherweight 57kg class.
Sonia beat Jo Son Hwa of North Korea to enter the final
Simranjit Kaur as she took home the bronze medal
Sonia will face Ornella Gabriele Wahner of Germany in the final
India's Sonia entered the final of the women's featherweight 57kg category of the AIBA Women's World Championships by beating Jo Son Hwa of North Korea on Friday. Sonia, who was adjudged the winner by unanimous 5-0 decision, became the second Indian to enter the final of the Boxing Worlds after veteran Mary Kom. However, it was the end of the road for Simranjit Kaur as she took home the bronze medal after being beaten by Dou Dan of China in semi-final of the women's light welterweight 64kg category. The Chinese boxer won the tie by a 4-1 split decision.
Earlier in the first bout, Sonia defeated her North Korean opponent for the second time in her career.
Now, Sonia will face Ornella Gabriele Wahner of Germany in the final on November 24.
Wahner defeated Jemyma Betrian of the Netherlands by a unanimous 5-0 decision to enter the finals.
Sonia, who was the silver medallist at the 2016 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships and a twice silver medallist at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships, will be looking to cross the final hurdle and clinch the coveted yellow metal.
"I never imagined that I will reach the final. But it is happening and I am in the World Championships final at such a young age. I am doing this in front of my home crowd. I am very happy," Sonia said after the win.
The 35-year-old boxer had previously won the gold medal in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 editions of the Championships. Apart from this, she had also won the silver medal on her debut in 2001.
With two bronze medals already won and two gold medal round bouts yet to come, India has produced its best ever show since the 2008 edition when the country won 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
India can beat this 2008 performance if both Mary Kom and Sonia win a gold each on Saturday.
India's best performance ever was the eight medals, including four gold, it won in 2006. After that, India won four medals in 2008, two in 2010, one in 2012, two in 2014 and one in 2016.