Pinki settles for bronze

Glasgow : Indian pugilist Pinki Jangra lost a close semi-final bout against Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland to settle for a bronze in women’s 51kg category boxing at the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Friday. India’s L Sarita Devi too has assured herself of silver medal in 60kg women’s boxing.

Pinki, who had beaten Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom in the national trials to make it to the Indian boxing squad, gave a valiant fight but could not pack enough punch against a taller opponent.

Pinki lost the bout 0-2 after the Kazakhstan judge gave a 38-38 score to the two boxers in the eight-minute four round contest. The other judges from Canada and Hungary gave 40-36 and 39-37 in favour of Walsh.

The 24-year-old from Haryana was trailing by just one point in an almost equally fought first round and the gap widened to two points after the second. In the second round, Pinki’s right jab landed on the face of her opponent who was thrown onto the ropes. Despite that, only one judge gave more points in favour of the Indian in the second round. Pinki trailed by three points after the third round but the last round was the worst for the Indian as all the three judges went 10-9 in favour of Walsh. After going down fighting, Pinky said she was not at her best today.

Meanwhile, Indian squash pairs Saurav Ghosal-Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Sandhu-Joshana Chinappa bowed out from the Commonwealth Games after losing their respective mixed doubles quarter-finals at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

Sandhu and Chinappa won the first game 11-7 but went on to lose the second 8-11 to New Zealand pair Martin Knight and Joelle King. Knight and King were more dominant in the last game, taking the decider 11-6 to proceed to the semi-finals. Later, Ghosal and Pallikal lost their last eight clash in straight games to Australian duo David Palmer and Rachael Grinham 6-11, 9-11. Pallikal and Chinappa will play the women’s doubles semi-final later in the day.

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