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United bag four gold on Day I

Imphal, April 2: United Taekwondo Academy started their campaign with four gold medals in the opening day of the 10th Governor’s Taekwondo Cup, which got under way at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak today.

In the sub-junior girls’ under-22kg bout, M. Priyadarsini Devi of United Taekwondo Academy defeated L. Rani Devi of CTI for the gold. W. Saniya Devi of CTA settled for the bronze medal.

United Taekwondo Academy claimed three more gold medals with M. Tolika Devi in the junior girls’ U-63kg, L. Joypriya Devi in the senior girls’ under-62kg and Malemsemba Akoijam in the junior boys’ under-78kg winning their respective bouts after their opponents failed to report.

Pakhangba Taekwondo Academy also won their first gold with N. Bimolchand Singh defeating S. Lenin Luwang of National Sports Academy, Imphal. Mangal Maibam of UTA and N. Dilip Singh of National Sports Academy, Imphal collected the bronze medals.

In the cadet boys’ under-41kg bout, M. Chittaranjan Singh of IMRTA and Ksh. Brajakanta Singh of Nambol claimed the bronze medals. The final bout will be played later.

Around 410 players from 16 units are taking part in the meet.

Financial assistance: The Athletic Association of Manipur will be providing financial assistance to athletes who had participated in the National Junior in Lucknow, National Senior Inter-state in Chennai, National Youth Championship in Guntur and Cross Country in Bihar at its office at Mapal Kangjeibung from April 4-7.