New Delhi: Sonia Chahal came up short in the 57kg featherweight category as she lost to Germany’s Ornella Wahner 1-4 in the final of the Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on Saturday. Sonia, who was the silver medallist at the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and a twice silver medallist at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships, dominated the first minute of the contest against the German but the experience of Wahner and her hard punches dominated the next two rounds as the Indian youngster struggled to get going. The Indian tried to make a comeback but the German gave her no room and the Indian could not land her punches. However, it ends a great tournament for Sonia, who had entered the final after defeating 2018 Asian Games silver-medalist Son Hwa Jo.Sonia’s silver medal summed up a solid day for India after Mary Kom won created history in the Women’s World Boxing Championship earlier to secure an unprecedented sixth gold medal, making her the most successful athlete in women’s boxing in history. Mary Kom had defeated the Ukranian in the 13th International Silesian Championship for women in Gliwice, Poland earlier in the year and she showed her prowess in the first round itself.Mary Kom was on the attack and she landed a couple of strong punches with the right as well as the left. In the second round, Mary Kom was a bit more calm and she bidded her time, dodging Okhota’s left hand. Egged on by a massive crowd cheering her name, Mary Kom landed a sharp left as she maintained the momentum. In the third round, Mary Kom continued to land the punches and after a slight confusion, she was declared the winner.Mary Kom had secured the gold medal the last time it was held in New Delhi in 2006 and she now has a chance to shatter history and become the all-time leading gold medal winner in the World Boxing Championship. With this win, Mary Kom became the only female boxer in history to win six gold medals in the World Boxing Championship. When one looks at both men and women’s boxing, Mary Kom has drawn level with Cuban boxer Felix Savon. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic. July 28, 2020 French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___ The Latest: French govt maintains 5,000 capacity in stadiums More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Baseball comes home from Stanford after losing two of three games to the Cardinals over the weekend. The Trojans now find themselves two games under .500 at 12-14 for the season and they are at an even 3-3 in Pac-12 play. They will look to start building some momentum on Tuesday in their first of four home games this week, as USC hosts Pepperdine at Dedeaux Field on Tuesday night.The team’s last loss to Stanford was a bitter pill to swallow — at one point the Trojans even looked primed to go for a three-game sweep. After grabbing a 1-0 win on Friday night, USC led the Cardinals 8-3 through five innings the next day at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond — the halfway point of the series. At its conclusion, however, the Trojans had dropped the series, blowing the lead on Saturday in an 11-8 loss and dropping the rubber game on Sunday, 8-1.“We just didn’t play very good baseball for the last game and a half,” head coach Dan Hubbs said.Although it is far from time to panic, the margin for error is beginning to thin, as Pac-12 play has ramped up in earnest. USC will face a conference opponent week-in and week-out for the remainder of the regular season and the team finds itself looking for a spark going into its midweek matchup against Pepperdine.Hubbs emphasized that the Trojans have to stay within themselves and execute fundamentals to generate some energy.“We need to throw strikes, play defense and get timely hits,” Hubbs said. “We just need to play consistently and if we do that, I think we’ll be in good shape.”The head coach urged his players to continue to play confidently and with self-belief, saying the results will follow.“I honestly believe we’re going to go on our run,” Hubbs said. “There’s too much talent here not to. The way we won’t … is if we start feeling sorry for ourselves.”The Trojans will look to start their run against a Pepperdine team that sits at 13-13 for the season. The Waves are battle-tested and are coming off of their first in-conference series win of the season against USF. However, Pepperdine has not traveled well so far this spring. Albeit in small sample size, the Waves currently sport a 1-6 record on the road.USC will look to add to Pepperdine’s traveling woes at Dedeaux Field. Tuesday will be an opportunity for the Trojans to rebound from their weekend losses and kick their season into high gear.“There’s plenty of time to turn it around and play the kind of baseball we think we’re capable of playing, and if we do that, then it’ll all work out for us,” Hubbs said. “I still believe that these kids are capable of going on a big run and putting ourselves in a position to go to the postseason.”First pitch between USC and Pepperdine will be at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.