Jharkhand’s ace boxer Aruna Mishra has kept medal hopes alive for the home team, while her sister Taruna crashed out during the semi-final rounds of the ongoing 62nd All India Police Wrestling Cluster Championship underway at the mega sports complex in Hotwar, Ranchi, on Thursday.
Aruna, the 34-year-old veteran pugilist, knocked out her opponent from CISF N. Kanka Laxshmi in less than 15 seconds in the 69kg category. Packing two powerful punches, the mother of two sent her rival kissing the ground. Unable to sustain further fury, Laxshmi raised her hand in submission.
Aruna will take on Haryana for the final title on Friday.
In sad contrast, Taruna — the other medal probable from Jharkhand Police — suffered blows from her opponent Lhalida Banoo from Jammu & Kashmir in the 81kg category.
She, however, did not quit and went on fighting till the third round.
Lack of footwork and over defensive approach deprived Taruna of almost any score. When the bout ended, she had lost to Banoo 13-3.
“Taruna was out of practice. She has probably been out of the professional ring for three years,” said Aruna in her sister’s defence. “But don’t worry, I will get a medal (gold) tomorrow (Friday),” smiled the confident pugilist.
Friday will bring the curtains down on the tournament that began on December 9.
The final boxing bouts (male and female) will begin from 10.30am,while the penultimate rounds of gymnastics will start from 7am. The finals of the two remaining events in weightlifting will commence from 11am.
Wrestling and judo events came to an end on Thursday.