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Boxing: Pooja Rani’s journey from battling opposition at home to qualifying for Olympics


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Over the past decade, Mary Kom and Sarita Devi contributed for much of India’s success but Pooja Rani quietly made her mark with four international medals to her name. Last year, she capped a career-high by clinching gold in the Asian Championships.

The Tokyo Olympics might have been postponed to 2021 but it was Rani who kick-started India’s memorable run in Jordan in the qualifiers, becoming the first among nine boxers to seal their berth for the big-ticket event with a resounding 5-0 win in her 75kg bout against Pornnipa Chutee of Thailand.

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