Telangana State pugilist Niharika Gonella settles for silver

By Author  |  Sports Bureau  |  Published: 16th Sep 2017  8:54 pmUpdated: 16th Sep 2017  8:59 pm
Niharika Gonella
File Photo: Niharika Gonella

Hyderabad: State boxer Niharika Gonella, who edged past Selma Karakoyun of Turkey 3-2 in the semifinal, lost to Shamonova Anastasiia of Russia 5-0 in the summit clash of the youth (under-18) 75 kg category in The XXXI International Youth Men & Youth Women “Ahmet Cörmet” Boxing Tournament being held in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday.

She earlier defeated Laura Mamedkulieva of Russia to enter the quarterfinal. Niharika, who earlier trained at SAI academy in Visakhapatnam now trains at Jindal Sports Academy now.

India finished in third place after winning a gold through Soniya in 48kg category and four silver medals – Praveen in 54 kg, Shashi Chopra in 57 kg, Anushita Boro in 60kg and Niharika Gonella. India also bagged four bronze through Jyothi in 48kg, KH Tilotama Chanu in 60kg, Manisha in 64kg  and Lalita in 64 kg.