Indian star boxer Nikhat Zareen Won Gold Medal in world championships | Nikhat Zareen Won Gold Medal: Nikhat Zareen created history, India’s daughter won gold medal in World Championship

Nikhat Zareen Won Gold Medal in World Championship: Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen on Thursday clinched a gold medal in the 12th edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships with a convincing 5-0 victory in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Living up to the expectations of crores of countrymen, Nikhat proved second to Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas in a one-sided fashion without much trouble in the 52 kg weight category title match. All the five judges gave scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 in favor of the Indian player.

India’s daughter did wonders

Born in Nizamabad (Telangana), the boxer is the second world boxing champion after six-time champion MC Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekh KC (2006). She became only the fifth Indian woman to win a gold medal in the championship. It is also India’s first gold medal in this prestigious global event since boxer legend Mary Kom’s title win in 2018. Talking about today’s match, Nikhat started well and took the lead against a confident Jutamas in the first three minutes with some precise punches. It was not that the level of the boxer standing in front of Nikhat was not good. She reached the final after defeating three-time World Championship medalist Zaina Shekarbekova of Kazakhstan.

continued dominance

Irrespective of all this, the 25-year-old Indian boxer took full advantage of his tall stature and maintained his dominance against the Thai boxer. Nikhat defeated Jutamas in the 2019 Thailand Open semi-final. Though Jutamas tried to retaliate in the second round, she could hardly create any trouble in front of Nikhat who looked very quick and accurate. The reason for this was that Nikhat seemed completely in control. Nikhat punched her opposition player accurately from the front and stood in front of them with strength. All these things proved to be a very important factor for her and Nikhat got the advantage in the last round and she continued to attack while playing her first final and eventually emerged as the winner.

Nikhat fulfilled the dream

Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh said it is always a dream to win a medal in a big event like the World Championship and Nikhat’s achieving it so quickly is commendable. BFI is proud that our boxers have not only made us all proud, but each of their boxing journeys will be an inspiration for generations to come. On behalf of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), I congratulate Nikhat and bronze medalists Parveen and Manisha as well as the coaches and support staff for this achievement. Eight of our boxers qualified for the quarterfinals which was the joint-highest number which shows the strength of Indian boxing. Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) won bronze medals in this championship. The Indian contingent ended its campaign with three medals in the world’s biggest boxing event.

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