Do Hong Ngoc will go down in history as the first-ever Vietnamese boxer to win a silver medal at the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships, after a brave final match in India on Sunday night.
Ngoc, 17, was fearless in her bout against Shashi Chopra in the 57kg final in Guwahati, but that did not stop four out of the five referees eventually announcing home favourite Chopri the winner after three tough rounds.
The silver medal is a great achievement by the young Vietnamese woman, given her previous best result was gold at the 2017 Southeast Asian youth championships.
To reach Sunday’s finale, Ngoc defeated multiple strong rivals, including Turkey’s En Havanur, Martinez Roma Linda from the U.S., and China’s Hu Cailling.
The championships in India, hosted by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), attracted more than 150 boxers from 38 countries and territories, with ten divisions, from 48kg to more than 81kg.
Do Hong Ngoc, born in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, was the only Vietnamese representative, making her achievement even more special.
|Vietnam's Do Hong Ngoc at the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships in India. Photo: Tuoi Tre|