NEW DELHI, INDIA : Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated boxer Nikhat Zareen for winning the coveted gold medal in the Women’s World Championship flyweight (52kg) class, becoming only the sixth Indian woman boxer to do so.
PM Modi claimed that Indian boxers have made the country’s citizens proud.
Zareen lived up to the hype, winning the coveted gold medal in the Women’s World Championship final in Istanbul on Thursday with a stunning 5-0 victory over Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas. Manisha Moun (57kg) and newcomer Parveen Hooda (63kg) won bronze medals alongside Zareen.
“Our boxers have earned our admiration! Congratulations to @nikhat zareen on winning the Women’s World Boxing Championship gold medal “PM Modi sent out a tweet.
He added, “I also congratulate Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda for winning Bronze medals in the same tournament.”
Our boxers have earned our admiration! Congratulations to @nikhat zareen on winning the Women’s World Boxing Championship gold medal. In the same tournament, I congratulate Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda on their Bronze medals. pic.twitter.com/dP7p59zQoS
May 19, 2022 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)
The Telangana fighter out-punched her Thai opponent to win by unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the battle 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 in her favour.
“I didn’t anticipate to win the final (by such a large margin). I desired a unanimous victory “Later, Zareen informed reporters.
“My goal was to win by unanimous decision in the first two rounds and then relax in the third,” she explained. “However, I received a split decision score in the final, so I had to go all out in the third round.”
Zareen, who won bronze at the Asian Championships in 2019, is only the sixth Indian boxer to win the global title.
Mary Kom has won the world championship six times (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2018), as well as Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006), and Lekha KC (2006).