Alfiya, who won the silver medal in previous edition of Nation’s Cup, went down fighting to Russian boxer Vorontsova Valeriia to settle for the third spot.
The Indian team won four gold, four silver and four bronze medals and claimed the runners-up trophy. Tamanna (48kg), Ambeshori Devi (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg) Priyanka (66kg) notched up the gold medals. Tamanna was adjudged Best Foreign Boxer.
In 50kg, Karnataka’s Anju Devi settled for a silver along with Maharashtra’s Simran Verma (52kg), Haryana’s Manshi Dalal (75kg) and Punjab’s Tanishbir Kaur Sandhu (80kg). Goa’s Aashreya Naik (63kg), Neha (54kg), Khushi (70kg) and Alfiya Khan Pathan (+80kg) picked up bronze medals after losing their respective semifinal.
It was Alfiya’s fourth international tour. Earlier, she had traveled to three countries — Kazakhstan, Serbia (2018) and Germany (2019).
During the trials prior to Serbia campaign, Alfiya had impressed the selectors a lot. Gopal Devang, chairman of Boxing Federation of India (BFI) selection committee, had predicted that Alfiya will clinch a medal in the meet.
“I am sure that with time she will make all-round progress, especially in her movements and speed. As far as Serbia tour is concerned, we are expecting around nine to ten medals, including one from Alfiya,” Devang had told TOI before the Serbia tour.
Two weeks before going to Serbia, the city boxer won gold medal in 16th Junior Girls Maharashtra State Boxing Championship held in Uran, Raigad. It was her seventh gold in the state championship since 2016.
In the inaugural Khelo India games last year, Alfiya had scripted history for Nagpur division by claiming the gold medal victory. Apart from this, she has won two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal in national tournaments.
Alfiya parents believes her boxing career wouldn’t have taken off without the support from Dayashankar Tiwari, president, Nagpur Mahanagar Boxing Association, Sajjad Husain and Porus Kotwal president and secretary of Nagpur District Boxing Association and Rakesh Tiwari, general secretary, Maharashtra Boxing Association.