Asian Boxing Championships: Pooja Rani wins gold medal in 81 kg category

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 26, 2019, 02:51 PM(IST)

File photo of Pooja Rani. Photograph:( AFP )

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Pooja Rani has defeated reigning World Champion Wang Lina in final

India's Pooja Rani has defeated reigning World Champion Wang Lina in final of Asian Boxing Championships on Friday to win an elusive gold medal in the 81 kg category. 

The 28-year-old Pooja, a silver medallist at the event in 2012 knocked-out China's Wang Lina. 

The Haryana-pugilist took to boxing against the wishes of her father, who relented after six months of pleadings by the boxer and her coaches in Bhiwani. 

She also has an Asian Games bronze medal, which she claimed in 2014. 

While in men's category, Amit Panghal (52kg) picked up his second successive gold medal of the year. 

Panghal, who won the Asian Games gold medal last year, defeated Korea's Kim Inkyu in a unanimous decision.

India ended the event with 13 medals -- two gold, four silver and seven bronze medals -- in the tournament which was held simultaneously for men and women for the first time.

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