Sushma Tamang created history in Thailand
On Sunday, Nepalese female boxer Sushma Tamang created history by defeating Mongolian opponents Byeisyenbyei Janarguli at the ASBC U-22 Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. This is the first time that a Nepali boxer has secured a silver medal at the Asian-level Championship. Tamang, the eighth and ninth National Games gold medalist, not only qualified for the final against Uzbek amateur Farzona Fozilova but also became Nepal’s sole boxer to secure a silver medal at the Asian level.
Back in the 1980s, for the first time at the Asian level, Nepal Boxer Umesh Maskey secured the bronze medal, while Deepak Maharjan won bronze in the recent 2010 Asian Games. Nepal’s greatest achievement at the Asian Games was in 1986, in Seoul when the late Sharad Chandra Shah was the head of Nepal’s sports governing body and Nepal won eight bronze medals.
Tamang defeated her Mongolian opponent in the women’s 48 kg category in the third round until the referee ended the match. She will encounter the Uzbek opponent on January 25.