Thapa, Rani win gold at Olympic Test

    SHIVA THAPA

    Tokyo (NVI): Boxers Shiva Thapa (63kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) won gold medal at the Olympic Test Event while Ashish (69kg) settled for a silver as India ended their campaign on a great note here on October 31.

    Four-time Asian medallist Thapa outpunched Kazakhstan’s national champion and Asian bronze-winner Sanatali Toltayev 5-0 to claim the top honours. Thapa is also the reigning national champion and a former bronze-medallist at the world championships.

    Former Asian Gamesbronze-medallist Rani edged past Australia’s Caitlin Parker to ensure that the Indian women’s contingent also had a gold in its kitty. Rani had claimed a silver medal at the Asian Championships earlier this year.

    -sb