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Women boxers knock 'em for gold on Asian tour

Update: June, 19/2006 - 00:00

Women boxers knock ‘em for gold on Asian tour

(19-06-2006)

HA NOI — Hoang Thi Van brought home the gold medal at the Asian Women’s Open Tournament after beating Mongolian Tseveen Ariunjargal 22-17 in the final last weekend.

Van, who competed in the 66kg weight category, took a win over Chinese Taipei Mai Chih-hsing in the semi-final last Friday.

It’s the first gold medal for Viet Nam in the women’s division.

On the same day, Vietnamese boxer Duong Thi Thu Nen bagged the second gold medal after cruising to a 32-12 win over Ha Noi’s Nguyen Hong Nhung in the all-Vietnamese final last weekend.

Boxer Pham Thi Quynh Trang, who secured a final berth after beating Wong Ka Man from Hong Kong 22-9 in the 54kg semi-final on Thursday, had to retire from the second round of the final against Indian Preeti after an injury.

Trang took the silver for Viet Nam, along with Nguyen Thi Thu Huong and Le Thi Hien in the 70kg and 63 kg, respectively.

The result helped Viet Nam’s team place third in the medal tally with two gold, one silver and seven bronze medals.

Visitors from the Philippines emerged as the champions with four gold, two silver and two bronze medals, ahead of India, who bagged two golds, three silvers and four bronzes.

In the Asian Cadet Boxing Championships, which concluded last weekend, youngsters Nguyen Van An, who took a final berth in the 48kg class, suffered a loss to Indian Bhoopender for the silver, while Quang Van Cuong did not beat Tulkenov Mukash from Kazakhstan in the 75kg final last Saturday.

Boxers from Kazakhstan dominated in the championship to win five golds, two silvers and three bronzes, ahead of India and Uzbekistan.

The tournament, which has drawn 152 boxers from countries and territories from India, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Thailand, China’s Guangxi, Hong Kong and Viet Nam competing in 13 weight categories of boys age 15-17 and the women’s division, is a good opportunity for Vietnamese boxers to hone their skills. — VNS

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