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LIGHT fly weight ( 49 kg) youth boxer Lalitha P Prasad emerged as the lone Indian boxer to clinch the gold medal at the recently- concluded 33rd International Tammer Tournament in Finland.

He considers the medal as a timely impetus and wants to repeat his feat at the World Youth Championships to be held in Yerevan, Armenia, from November 25- December 8.

" I am happy with my performance. The competition was tough but I still managed a gold medal. It is a big boost for me ahead of the World Youth Championships," said Prasad.

India fielded a six- member team in Finland which roundedoff with a gold and a silver with Dheeraj Kumar ( 52) being the other medallist.

Prasad and Dheeraj are part of the 10- member Indian team which will go to Yerevan next month.

India youth coach G Manoharan, who accompanied the team in Finland, said that the Tammer tournament witnessed stiff competition as most of the countries fielded their senior teams including Ireland, which topped the medal tally with five gold medals.

" Most of the teams including the first- placed Ireland sent its senior boxers and the tournament attracted some top level competitors," said Manoharan.

Manoharan said Prasad and Dheeraj can have real shots at the medals in Yerevan, provided they give their 100 per cent.

The team is training at the national camp in Aurangabad.

Keen on repeating his gold medal feat in the event to be held in Armenia

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Date:Oct 25, 2012
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