Birmingham: Proud moment for India, India has got another success in boxing. Nikhat Zareen, the country’s female boxer and world champion, won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games on Sunday. Nikhat stunned Northern Ireland’s Carrie McNall 5-0 in the final of the 50 kg weight category to win the gold medal. This is Nikhat’s first medal in these games. Recently he also won a gold medal in the World Championships.
In the beginning, Nikhat kept a distance from his opponent and as soon as he got the opportunity, he applied a left jab which hit his face. McNall’s height is less than Nikhat, so she was not going much further. Meanwhile, he put a good jab on Nikhat. Nikhat however was patient and in the middle of the first round though Nikhat attacked and hooked from both sides and made good punches. However, both the players played well. But all the five referees put Nikhat forward.
Nikhat started cautiously in the second round, while McNall adopted an attacking strategy. Nikhat, however, looked a bit defensive so that she was able to sabotage McNall’s efforts. McNall was more aggressive which made her look tired. In the second round also, the five referees gave the verdict in favor of Nikhat. It was almost decided from here that gold is going to come to Nikhat’s share.
Nikhat showed his dominance in the third round as well. She was taking advantage of McNall’s over-aggression. But Nikhat showed his defensive skills by sifting through his efforts with great care. Nikhat cleverly channeled their efforts and adopted the strategy of attacking by calling them close.
Nikhat has given India three gold medals in boxing on Sunday. Before him, India’s legendary boxer Amit Panghal won gold in the 51 kg weight category. Prior to her, Neetu Ganghas defeated World Championship 2019 bronze medalist Reszatan Demi Jade 5-0 in a unanimous decision in the women’s minimumweight (45-48kg) category final. India has won all the three medals by a margin of 5-0.
Born in Nizamabad, Telangana, Nikhat Zareen has won a gold medal for India in a weight category that was dominated by MC Mary Kom for years. With Nikhat’s gold medal, India has reached the fourth position in the points table with 17 gold medals. India has 17 Gold, 12 Silver and 19 Bronze in its account. India has overtaken New Zealand to take the fifth position. New Zealand has a total of 46 medals including 17 Gold, 12 Silver and 17 Bronze.
Gold Medal Winners for India so far:
Mirabai Chanu in Weightlifting (Women’s 46 kg category)
Jeremy Lalrinnunga in Weightlifting (Men’s 67 kg category)
Achinta Sheuli in Weightlifting (Men’s 73 kg category)
Bajrang Punia in Wrestling (Men’s 65 kg category)
Deepak Punia in Wrestling (Men’s 86 kg category)
Sakshi Malik in Wrestling (Women’s 63 kg category)
Lawn Bowl women’s team
Men’s Table Tennis team
Sudhir in para Powerlifting
Ravi Dahiya in Wrestling (Men’s 57 kg category)
Vinesh Phogat in Wrestling (Women’s 53 kg category)
Naveen Malik in Wrestling (Men’s 74 kg category)
Bhavina Patel in Para Table Tennis Women’s singles
Nitu Ghanghas in Boxing (Women’s 48 kg category)
Amit Panghal in Boxing (Men’s 51 kg category)
Eldhose Paul in Men’s Triple Jump
Nikhat Zareen in Boxing (Women’s 50kg category)