The Telegraph
Wednesday , August 6 , 2014
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Sarita Devi is ecstatic

Mumbai: Woman boxer Sarita Devi on Tuesday said she exceeded her own expectations by winning a silver medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as she had made a comeback to the sport after a gap of two years.

“I didn’t expect to win a silver because before the Commonwealth Games I thought I wouldn’t be able to play at my bestů My body wasn’t used to the rigours after returning from a two-year break. I somehow started training after the trials. I went to Glasgow and I got the confidence,” she said.

The 29-year-old fighter also created history of sorts by becoming the first Indian woman boxer to get a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Sarita, who has previously won one gold and two bronze medals at the World Championships and five gold medals at the Asian Championships, said she was confused with the new scoring system.

“The scoring system has changed and, in between, we were mentally disturbed. With the rule change, we didn’t get much training. You get confused sometimes in between the bouts.

“Earlier, if you had a lead in the first round then you could play comfortably in the other rounds. Now it is not the case. Even if you lead in the first round, you have to have the lead till the last round. So I was confused a little bit,” she said.“Even if you lead in three rounds, you can't take the next bout lightly. You have to play with the same aggression throughout.” (PTI)