Pooja Rani Advances to Quarterfinals after Comfortable Win Against Ichrak Chaib in Boxing at Tokyo Olympics

In boxing at Tokyo Olympics, Pooja Rani of India registered an emphatic win against Algeria's Ichrak Chaib in a unanimous decision that ended with Rani winning 5-0.

boxing at Tokyo Olympics: Pooja Rani wins round of 16
boxing at Tokyo Olympics: Pooja Rani wins round of 16

In a good day for India in Boxing at Tokyo Olympics, Pooja Rani registered an emphatic win against Algeria’s Ickrak Chaib in the round of 16 in women’s middle weight category.

Being an overwhelming favourite to win the match, Pooja Rani got off to a very strong start in their first minute. She made clever use of her opponent’s slip to grab a point, and managed to dodge all of Chaib’s punches very well. The scene was set well for the Indian in red, as she took the first round in a unanimous decision, all the judges awarding in favour of her 10-9.

The second round saw an aggressive start from the Algerian, but Rani managed to grab all opportunities Chaib left for her, and soon Pooja was on top again. The judges ruled in Rani’s favour once more, which led her to win the round 10-9.

Boxing at Tokyo Olympics: Pooja Rani Continues her momentum into the third round

boxing at Tokyo Olympics: Pooja Rani wins round of 16
boxing at Tokyo Olympics: Pooja Rani wins round of 16

Winning the first two rounds, Rani had almost secure her win. She did not let up however and continued to play aggressively in the third round. She asserted complete dominance and did not allow the Algerian to take any opportunities over her. She also played it safe in the third round as she did not want to lose the last round. Rani secured her spot in the quarterfinals with a win, 10-9.

Rani won the round against Chaib by unanimous decision 5-0. She will face off against against China’s Li Qian, the bronze medal winner from the Rio Olympics in the quarterfinals later this week.

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