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Nikhat defeated Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand 5-0 in the final.
Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen won the only gold medal for the country in the Women’s World Boxing Championship. The 25-year-old Nikhat defeated Jutamas Jitpon of Thailand in the final of the flyweight category (52 KG). India’s young boxer won this bout 5-0 in a one-sided fashion. India has got gold after 4 years in the Women’s World Championship. Earlier in 2018, MC Mary Kom became the champion.
India’s 10th gold ever
India has won the 10th gold medal in the history of Women’s World Boxing Championship. MC Mary Kom alone won 6 gold medals. Apart from these two, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha C have also won gold for the country.
Nikhat Zareen will now be a contender for winning a medal in the 2024 Olympic Games as well.
India 3rd most successful country in championship history
India has won 1 Gold and 2 Bronze this time. In the 12 tournaments held so far, India has got a total of 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 19 Bronze medals. India is the third most successful country in this event with 37 medals. Russia has won the maximum 60 and China 50 medals. India’s best performance in this competition was in 2006 when the country won eight medals including four gold, one silver and three bronze.
Strong game in first round, backward in second
Nikhat started the bout brilliantly and won the first round with a margin of 5-0. In the second round, the Thai boxer made a comeback, winning it 3-2 and indicating a return to the bout. Nikhat again gained strength in the third round and won the bout by a margin of 5-0 overall. Here 5-0 means that all the five line judges of the match considered Nikhat the winner.
Nikhat’s one-sided win in every bout
Nikhat was seen in excellent form throughout the tournament. The proof of this is that they won all the matches 5-0 in a one-sided fashion. Nikhat defeated Fatima Herrera of Mexico in Round of 32. In the round of 16, she defeated her opponent from Mongolia. The Indian boxer defeated Charlie Davison of England in the quarterfinals. After this, defeating Caroline de Almeida of Brazil in the semi-finals and Jutamas Jitpan of Thailand in the final, won the gold medal for the country.