Indian boxers Shiva Thapa and Pooja Rani clinched gold medals in their respective categories bringing an end to a successful campaign at the Olympic Test Event for Boxing in Tokyo on Thursday. Also Read - Boxing: India's Nikhat Zareen, Gaurav Solanki Settle For Bronze at Bosphorus Tournament
Former Asian Games bronze medallist Pooja Rani defeated Australia’s Caitlin Parker in the 75kg category. She had also won a silver at the Asian Championships earlier this year. Also Read - Boxing: India's Nikhat Zareen Beats World Champion Paltceva Ekaterina to Enter Quarterfinals of Bosphorus Boxing Tournament in Istanbul
Four-time Asian medallist Thapa beat Kazakhstan’s national champion and Asian bronze-winner Sanatali Toltayev 5-0 to claim the yellow metal. Also Read - Boxing: Simranjeet Kaur, Manish Strike Gold; India End Cologne World Cup Campaign With 9 Medals
Ashish though had to settle for silver after suffering a defeat at the hands of Japan’s Sewon Okazawa in 69 kg.
On Wednesday, Nikhat Zareen (51kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Vahlimpuia (75kg) lost their respective semifinal bouts to return with bronze medals. Zareen lost in a split decision to Japan’s Sana Kawano, while Vahlimpuia was beaten by Yuito Moriwaki in a unanimous decision.
Meanwhile, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is planning to organise a trial between legendary boxer MC Mary Kom and Zareen for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 qualifiers in December. The report comes after a war of words between the two boxers who are vying to represent India in the 51kg category next year in Tokyo.
Zareen, a former junior world champion, has demanded a trial writing to Sports Minister Kirren Rijiju after Mary Kom was preferred for the recent women’s world boxing championships in Russia. Mary Kom returned with a bronze- her eighth medal from the event.