Olympic Boxing: Pooja Rani enters the 75 kg quarterfinals, India keep’s Deepika's archery medal hope
Pooja Rani reach to the quarterfinals of the 75kg boxing event at the first Olympic Games in Tokyo on Wednesday, defeating Ichrok Chaib of Algeria to reach to the quarterfinals.
The 30-year-old boxer from Haryana won 5-0, completely dominating his rival ten-year-old junior.
Next to the pooja is Olympic bronze medalist, two-time Asian champion and former world gold medalist Li Qian of China. The two will compete on July 31.
The two-time Asian champion is in the lead with her right straight and the lack of balance in the Chab ring also helped a lot.
Three Rounds of pooja , Chaibe, who also competed in her first Olympics, could not find a clean way to connect.
The played smart by keeping a distance. Chaib failed miserably in his attempt to hit powerfully, missing most of the target area in his wild swings.
The pooja's Olympic journey was one of many struggles. She is struggling with a career-threatening shoulder injury, a burnt arm and a lack of financial support.
pooja's father, a police officer, did not want the sport to continue because he thought boxing was a sport of aggressive people.
"Mar lag Jayegi (you will be hurt). That's what her father said. He insisted that the sport was not for her because in his mind, boxing is being followed by aggressive people," she said in a statement describing her journey. Remembered in the interview.
On Thursday, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) in the quarterfinals to Colombia's Ingrit Valencia.
Mary Kom, who won bronze in the 2012 London edition, is chasing her second Olympic medal.
In the men's event, Satish Kumar, the first super heavy weight (+91 kg) from Olympic-cut India, will begin his campaign in the quarterfinals against Ricardo Brown of Jamaica.
Satish is a former Asian Games bronze medalist and Commonwealth Games silver medalist.
Earlier in the day, Manish Kaushik (63kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Ashish Chaudhary (75kg) collapsed in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics boxing event.
India keep’s Deepika's archery medal hopes after Jadhav lost
World number one archer Deepika Kumari emerged victorious moments before advancing to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's personal archery event by defeating American teenager Jennifer Muchino-Fernandez 6-4 at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.
On the day her teammates Tarundeep Roy and Pravin Jadhav lost from the second round, Deepika initially felt the pressure of hitting the red zone, covering a poor seven at the flooded Yumenoshima Park.
She lost the first set by one point, but came back strong with 10 point in a row to take a 4-2 lead. However, she failed to wrap up the match after hitting a six with her miss goal in the fourth set.
The 18-year-old American won the set by one point (25-24) to advance to 4-4.
The winner-take-all had two 9 seconds to start, before ending with a poor 8 in the fifth set. Need 10 for his last arrow to force the shoot-off, Jennifer signed with nine, which hopefully became the campaign. For the American teenager.