Ulan-Ude. Continuing their winning momentum, Indian women boxers assured the country at least four bronze medals after wining their respective matches on Day 8 of AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, here on Thursday.
Beginning the day, it was six-time world champion MC Mary Kom who confirmed India's first bronze medal at the event by defeating Ingrit Valencia of Colombia by 5-0 in the 51kg flyweight category to enter the semifinals.
After assuring herself at least a bonze, Mary Kom also became the only boxer, irrespective of the gender, to win eight medals at the prestigious tournament. She was tied on seven with Cuban men's legend Felix Savon after winning the gold in the 48kg category in New Delhi last year.
Mary will now take on second-seeded Turk Busenaz Cakiroglu in her semifinal bout on Saturday, after a rest day on Friday. Cakiroglu is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. She defeated Cai Zongju of China in her quarterfinal bout.
"I am very happy to have secured a medal but I would be looking to make it better by reaching the finals," the 36-year-old Kom said after the bout.
"It was a good bout for me and I will now try to improve on this performance in the semifinals," she added.
Later in the day, debutants Manju Rani and Jamuna Boro also marched into the semifinals.
Rani stunned top seed and last edition's bronze-medallist Kim Hyang Mi of South Korea 4-1 to secure a maiden worlds medal while Boro, an Assam Rifles employee, got the better of Germany's Ursula Gottlob by a similar margin.
On the other hand, Lovlina Borgohain who won a bronze medal at last year's World Championships defeated Germany's Ursula Gottlob 4-1 in the 54kg quarterfinals to secure herself of another worlds medal.
Rani will now face Thailand's Chuthamat Raksat, who beat fifth seed Yuliyanova Asenova. Boro will take on top seed and former Asian Games bronze-medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei.
Meanwhile, Borgohain's opponent in the semfinals would be China's Yang Liu, who shocked top seed Chen Nien-Chin in her quarterfinal clash.
However, two-time bronze-medallist Kavita Chahal (+81kg) bowed out after a 0-5 loss to Belarus' Katsiaryna Kavaleva.