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Pooja Rani Secures Gold in Asian Boxing Championship, Mary Kom and 2 Others Bring Silver

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Monday, 31st May 2021

Pooja Rani from India has bagged gold for her country for the second time in a row after Sunday’s match in Dubai at the Asian Boxing Championship, 2021.

Pooja who is all set to make it to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo defeated Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan in a very one-sided match in the 75 kg category. She won by 5-0 and was also awarded a prize of USD 10,000 for her stunning performance in the ring.

Mary Kom on the other hand lost the final match 2-3 to Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan. She was playing in the 51 kg Flyweight category. This is her second silver at the Asian Championships. Earlier the star from Manipur had won 5 gold medals and 2 silver medals, her first being a gold in the 2003 edition of the tournament.

Besides Mary Kom, first timers Lalbuatsaihi and Anupama Kundualso also missed their chance at a gold after losing in their respective categories.

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In the 64-kg category Lalbuatsaihi lost 2-3 against Kazakh layer Milana Safronova despite a tough fight that she gave her rival. The player from Mizoram was a last minute entry after seasoned player Pwilao Basumatary lost her chance as her passport had expired.

Kundu lost to Lazzat Kungeibayeva of Kazakhstan. The other two Indian players were awarded a cash prize of USD 5000 each.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to to his Twitter handle to congratulate Rani and wrote, “Conngratulations to @BoxerPooja on winning Gold, legendary @MangteC and upcoming star #Lalbuatsaihi for winning Silver Medals at the Asian Boxing Championship!”

Rijiju also expressed his felicitations towards Anupama on her exemplary performance and wrote, “I extend hearty Congratulations to Anupama on winning silver medal at the Asian Boxing Championship!”

There were several names that bagged bronze medals for India and these include Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jaismine (57kg) and Sakshi Chaudhary (54kg). They received a prize money of USD 2,500 each after finishing third.

On Monday, Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) will be seen fighting it out in the men's finals.

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