Sarita Devi crashed out of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships after losing to Russia's Natalia Shadrina in the 60kg category preliminaries on Sunday. It was a unanimous 0-5 verdict that ended former World champion and five-time Asian gold medalist Sarita Devi's campaign in Ulan-Ude, Russia. The fourth-seeded Indian, who got a first-round bye, frittered away a strong start to bow out with a 0-5 loss. Sarita, a gold-medallist in the 2006 New Delhi edition of the showpiece, was chasing her maiden world medal in over a decade. In women's 81kg preliminaries, Nandini suffered a 0-5 loss to Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger Germany to bow out of the event.
The Manipuri, who is also a multiple-time Asian champion, was in control in the opening three minutes, logging more punches against a seemingly withdrawn opponent.
However, Shadrina fought back in the next two rounds and surprised Sarita to get the judges' nod.
Sarita is also in the running to become a member of the International Boxing Association's first ever athletes commission, which will be formalised at the ongoing event.
Nandini, on the other hand, was jittery from the word go and struggled to keep pace with a technically superior Schonberger.
The nerves showed all through and Nandini also ended up being warned in the second round for hitting her rival on the back of the head despite repeated cautions. She also sustained a cut on her face during the bout.
(With PTI inputs)