Golds for Indian boxers at Olympic Test Event

Star pugilists Shiva Thapa and Pooja Rani bagged the top prize in their respective weight categories. 

By Saurabh Shankar ·

Indian boxers Shiva Thapa and Pooja Rani bagged gold medals in the ‘Ready Steady Go’ Olympic Test Event in Tokyo on Thursday.

The third boxer to reach the finals was Ashish, who had to settle for a silver after losing to local talent Sewon Okazawa in the final in the 69kg category.

Contrasting wins

Reigning national champion Shiva Thapa showed his superiority right from the beginning, as he bagged a convincing win over Kazakhstan’s national champion and Asian bronze-winner Sanatali Toltayev in the 63kg class.

The 25-year-old Indian outpunched his opponent in all three rounds to get a unanimous 5-0 victory in the final.

In the women’s 75kg category though, it was a hotly-contested bout between former Asian Games bronze medallist Manju Rani and Australian pugilist Caitlin Parker. The Indian clinched a narrow victory over Parker to ensure India ended the Olympic Test Event with two gold medals.

Earlier in the competition, reigning Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen, along with Simranjeet Kaur, Sumit Sangwan and Vahlimpuia, bowed out of the competition to end with bronze medals to their name in their respective weight categories.

What’s next?

India’s pugilists have managed to achieve sustained success in yet another global competition, not long after a successful showing in the AIBA World Boxing Championships, both in the men’s and women’s categories.

The squad will now return home and set their sights on the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament, scheduled to be held in Wuhan, China in the first week of February next year.

National trials for the event are scheduled to be held in January 2020.