Glasgow: The experienced Laishram Sarita Devi and young Pinki Jangra assured India of at least two bronze medals after reaching the semi-finals of the women's light (57-60kg) and 51kg boxing competition respectively in the 20th Commonwealth Games, here today.
Pinki Rani after her quarter-final victory
The 32-year-old from Manipur came from behind to outsmart Charlene Jones of Wales 3-1 in a hard-fought quarter-final bout. She will next take on Mozambique's Maria Machongua in the semi-finals on Friday.
Sarita was lagging behind after the first round as Jones started the proceeding with a perfect 10 from each of the three judges. But the Indian soon got her act together as she outwitted the Wales pugilist 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 thereafter.
Pinki, who had beaten Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom in the national trials to make it to the Indian CWG team, outclassed her Papua New Guinea opponent Jacquiline Wangi in a unanimous 3-0 decision by the judges in the semifinal bout.
In the men's light fly category (49kg), India's Laishram Devendro Singh beat Aqeel Ahmed of Scotland in the quarter-final.
In men's 69kg, India's Mandeep Jangra also assured himself of a bronze in his debut CWG by advancing to the semi-finals after his opponent failed the medical test ahead of their quarterfinal bout.
The Asian Championships silver-medallist, will face the winner of the clash between Canadian Custio Clayton and Northern Ireland's Steven Donnelly.
In another quarter-final of the men's 91kg, India's Amritpreet Singh suffered a 0-3 loss to Stephen Lavelle of Scotland.
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