Manju Rani Enters Quarter-Finals Of Light Flyweight Category In Russia Defeating Venezuela’s Rojas Tayonis


New Delhi: Manju Rani must have felt the pressure while entering the ring while competing in a category that MC Mary Kom has made her own. But the World Championships debutant did not show any nerves as she demolished Venezuela’s Rojas Tayonis Cedeno 5-0 to enter the quarter-finals of light flyweight category (48kg) in Ulan-Ude, Russia.

Rani said she just wanted to give it her all. “The pressure was there as Mary didi has won so many medals for India in this category. But it was also a motivation to not let her down. I wanted to give everything to win a medal for my country,” she said.

However, the next round will not be that easy as Rani faces 2018 bronze-medallist and top seed Kim Hyang Mi of South Korea. A semi-final spot will ensure a medal for Rani.

The Haryana girl has quickly made an impact since changing her state and playing for Punjab. She made the switch as she felt she was not getting her due in Haryana.

“I was not able to win medals all the while I was playing for Haryana. When I switched to Punjab last year, it turned my fortunes as I started doing well in domestic circuit and got noticed. Last year, I won three international medals and made my world cup debut in a year’s time,” she said.

She won the national title in 48kg early this year and never looked back. This year, she has won silver in Strandza besides bronze at Thailand Open and India Open. Hailing from a humble family in Rohtak, Rani lost her father early when she was just 12 but found her calling in boxing.


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