Nikhat Zareen In the final, Nikhat fought brilliantly against Jitpong Jutamens of Thailand and won the gold medal. Earlier in the semi-final, Zareen won 5-0 against Brazil’s Caroline de Almeida.
India’s Nikhat Zareen has won the gold medal in the 52kg category at the Women’s World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. She prevailed over Jitpong Jutamens of Thailand in the flyweight final on Thursday (May 19).
He put up a great fight against his Thai rival in the final and won the gold medal. She became the fifth Indian woman to win gold in the tournament. Before him, veteran MC Mary Kom had won titles in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018. Apart from this, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha KC won gold medals in their respective weight categories in 2006.
India’s rising boxer Nikhat Zareen won the gold medal by defeating Thailand’s Jitpog Jutamas 5-0 in the final of the World Women’s Boxing Championship in Istanbul. Nikhat has won this gold medal in the 52 kg weight category (ply weight). She has become the fifth Indian female boxer to achieve this feat.
In the final bout, the judges voted in favor of the Indian boxer by 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28. With a thumping victory in the final, Zareen has won each and every match in this tournament unanimously, which shows her dominance. This is also India’s first gold medal after the gold won by Mary Kom in the year 2008. At the same time, this is India’s 10th gold medal in the history of this tournament.
Zareen was in excellent form during the match. He used his technical prowess and covered the court well enough to outdo his nimble-footed opponent. Nikhat managed to impress all the judges in the first round. He hit far more punches than a Thai boxer. The second round was tough and Jitpong Jutamens won it 3–2. Nikhat badly washed the opponent in the final round and the decision came unanimously (5-0) in his favor. Earlier in the semi-final, Zareen had won 5-0 against Brazil’s Caroline de Almeida.
Nikhat Zareen- India got gold after four years
A 12-member team took part from India. India has won the gold medal after four years. Earlier in 2018, MC Mary Kom had won. This year has been great for Nikhat. He had earlier won a gold medal at the Strantja Memorial in February.
She became the first Indian female boxer to do so. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has congratulated Nikhat. He tweeted, “Congratulations Nikhat Zareen on winning the gold medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championships. India is proud of your achievement. Best wishes for your future endeavours.”
Bronze medal to Manisha and Praveen
Apart from Zareen’s gold medal, Manisha Maun (57 weight category) and Praveen Hooda (63 weight category), playing in the world championship for the first time, won bronze medals. Both of them had to face defeat in the semi-finals.
Indian boxers won one silver and three bronze medals in the previous edition of the tournament held in Russia in 2019. India has won 36 medals including nine gold, eight silver and 19 bronze in the 11 editions of the tournament so far. In this case only Russia (60 medals) and China (50 medals) are ahead.
Prior to Nikhat, Mary Kom has won the gold medal in the World Women’s Boxing Championships for a record 6 times (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2018). Apart from this, Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006) have won gold in this prestigious tournament.
Zareen, the winner of the Junior World Boxing Championship, had earlier booked a ticket to the final after beating Brazil’s Caroline de Almeida 5-0 in the semi-final match.