- Nikhat Zareen defeated Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand 5-0 in the 52kg.
- Nikhat joins six-time champion.
- Zareen become the fifth Indian woman boxer to win the world title.
Istanbul: Nikhat Zareen beat Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong in the 52 kg final in Istanbul on Thursday to become the fifth Indian boxer to win a gold medal at Women’s World Championships. Nikhat won 5-0 against Tokyo Olympics quarterfinalist Jitpong in the summit clash. Before Nikhat, MC Mary Kom (six times), Sarita Devi, Jenny R.L. and Lekha K. C. have clinched gold at Worlds.
India finished its campaign in Istanbul with one gold and two bronze medals (Manisha Moun in 57kg and Parveen Hooda in 63kg). Nikhat, Manisha and Parveen will receive their medals on Friday. Overall, India has won ten gold, eight silver and 21 bronze medals across all editions of World Championship.
Nikhat had made a fine start to her campaign with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Mexican Fatima Herrera in the first round. She followed it up with another 5-0 win over Mongolian Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg in the pre-quarterfinal.
The boxer from Telangana secured India’s first medal by getting the better of English boxer Charley Davison 5-0 in the quarterfinal before defeating Brazilian Caroline de Almieda by the same scoreline in the semifinal.