India’s Nikhat Zareen received the gold medal within the 52kg class on the Women’s World Boxing Championship with a spend over Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas within the hover-weight final in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday. Nikhat thus becomes most appealing the fifth Indian women’s boxer after Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha KC to spend a gold on the World Championships. The 25-year-primitive Zareen is a worn junior formative years world champion. Against her Thai opponent within the final, Nikhat fought with brilliance and introduced home the gold medal. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 within the Indian’s favour.
Zareen used to be in high invent as she extinct her technical acumen and lined to court effectively to outwit her nimble-footed opponent. Nikhat managed to label the overall judges within the first spherical as she landed valuable more punches than the Thai boxer. The second spherical used to be tighter and Jitpong clinched it 3-2. Desirous to salvage completely one decide her aspect within the final spherical, Nikhat went all in and slammed the door on her opponent to lastly memoir a 5-0 unanimous resolution in her favour.
The Nizamabad (Telangana)-born boxer grew to change into the accurate fifth Indian girl to stable gold medal on the World Boxing Championships after memoir six-time champion Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006).
It used to be also India’s first gold medal since boxing giant Mary Kom received it in 2018.
Nikhat obtained off to a active launch and hit some intelligent punches to hasty maintain the upper hand within the outlet three minutes towards confident Jutamas, who came into the match defeating the three-time World Championships medallist Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova.
The 25-year-primitive Indian took fleshy ideal thing about her long attain and maintained her dominance towards the Thai boxer, whom she had beaten within the 2019 Thailand Initiate semi-final—the accurate assembly between the 2, enroute her silver medal invent.
On the assorted hand, Jutamas tried to strive towards benefit within the second spherical with a counter-attacking divulge however occasionally managed to trigger any danger for the swift-transferring Nikhat, who regarded in full regulate.
Hitting straight and particular punches, energy proved to be a key aspect as Nikhat threw warning to the wind within the final spherical and saved attacking relentlessly sooner than securing the gold somewhat very without problems.
“Winning a medal on the sphere’s is continuously a dream and Nikhat also can accomplish it so early is very commendable. We, at BFI, are proud that our boxers bear now not most appealing made all of us proud however every of their boxing journeys is engaging for the upcoming generations,” BFI President Ajay Singh acknowledged.
“On behalf of the Boxing Federation of India, I congratulate Nikhat and bronze medal winners Parveen and Manisha as effectively as the coaches and make stronger staff for this success. Our eight boxers qualified for the quarter-finals which used to be joint most and reveals the energy of Indian boxing,” he added.
With Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) signing off with bronze medals after their semi-finals invent, Indian contingent concluded its advertising and marketing campaign with three medals on the sphere’s finest boxing event, which witnessed spellbinding competition in presence of memoir 310 boxers from 73 international locations and likewise marked the 20th anniversary of the Women’s World Championships.
Out of 12 taking fragment Indian boxers, eight made it to the quarter-finals in this year’s match—the joint very most sensible alongside Turkey.
With the addition of three medals in Istanbul, India’s overall medal tally has long gone up to 39, at the side of 10 gold, eight silver and 21 bronze, within the 12 editions of the celebrated event—third very most sensible after Russia (60) and China (50).
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