Hyderabad: India’s Manju Rani clinched silver in what was her maiden appearance at the World Boxing Championships held in Russia on Sunday. Manju lost the finals of the 48kg category to Russia’s Ekaterina Paltceva who is currently ranked second in the world. Manju lost the bout by 4:1. Seeded sixth in the World, Manju entered the finals of the championships after she defeated Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat in the semi-final bout by 4:1.

Manju, along with Jamuna Boro, Lovlina Borgohain and Mary Kom, secured a medal each for India by winning their respective quarter-final bouts. Manju was the only one among the four to qualify for the final as Mary, Lovlina and Jamuna settled for bronze. She also became the first Indian woman boxer to qualify for the finals of the World Boxing Championships after 18 years, in her maiden appearance at the championships.

The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to congratulate Manju on her brilliant achievement at the Championship. “Congratulations #ManjuRani on winning Silver Medal at women’s World Boxing Championships being held at Ulan Ude, #Russia. We are very proud of you. #PunchmeinhaiDum. (sic)”

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