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Shiva Thapa, Pooja Rani clinch gold at Olympic Test event for boxing

Shiva Thapa (63kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) clinched gold medals, while Ashish (69kg) settled for a silver, ending India”s brilliant campaign at the Olympic Test Event for Boxing here on Thursday.

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 Games bronze-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.

Ashish (69kg), however, lost to Japan”s Sewon Okazawa to sign off with a silver medal.

Earlier, former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) along with Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Vahlimpuia (75kg), in the men”s draw, lost their respective semifinal bouts to end with bronze medals on Wednesday.

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