Nikat Zarin becomes the fifth Indian woman to win world boxing gold

Nikat Zarin becomes the fifth Indian woman to win world boxing gold

The 25-year-old boxer from the southern state of Telangana beat Thai Jetpong Gothamas at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul.

A 25-year-old boxer from the southern Indian state of Telangana has become the fifth Indian woman to win a gold medal at the World Championships.

Today, Thursday, Nikhat Zarin defeated Thai Jetpong Gautamas in the 52kg flyweight category at the Women’s World Boxing Championships held in Istanbul, Turkey.

When the name of the new flyweight world champion was called, Zarine punched her hand in the air, hugged her opponent and burst into tears.

“She’s finally here. The culmination of years of hard work and perseverance,” she tweeted on Friday. โ€œIndia, this is for you. We did it together.โ€

The former junior world champion is the fifth Indian boxer after MC Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha KC to win gold at the World Championships.

In 2019, when Zarin demanded a fair trial against legendary Indian boxer Mary Kom after being denied the opportunity to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, the latter asked, “Who is Nikat Zarin?”

Three years later, Zarine is a world champion – winning the first Indian gold since Marie Kom won it in 2018.

Following her victory on Thursday, Zarine said at a press conference that she would dedicate the medal to all the citizens who have supported her throughout her career.

Zarine also said that her dream is to appear on Twitter.

โ€œAm I trending on Twitter? My dream has always been to be a cheerleader on Twitter and to achieve something for my country on a global level is my biggest motivation.โ€

The Muslim boxer, who hails from a middle-class family in Nizamabad town in Telangana, said she had to overcome various odds to carve out her own niche in boxing.

โ€œI had to work hard and overcome obstacles including talk that boxing is not for women. I had to tell people that nothing would happen to my face and my beauty would stay the same,โ€ she said last year during the launch of the sportswear giant’s campaign adidas.

โ€œThese words challenged me and I wanted to go out and prove that boxing doesnโ€™t matter whether Iโ€™m a man or a woman. Itโ€™s desire and ambition that should matter. Boxing for me is more about position and my sense of pride.โ€

Zarine joined boxing at the age of 13 in 2010. Within six months, she won the gold medal in the state championship. Just one year later, she won the gold medal at the 2011 World Junior and Youth Championships for girls in Antalya, Turkey.

Zarine’s family is happy with their historic victory on Thursday again in Turkey.

โ€œWinning the gold medal at the World Championships is something that will serve as an inspiration to Muslim girls as well as every girl in the country to achieve a greater goal in life. Zarineโ€™s father, Jamil Ahmed, is quoted by The Indian Express as saying: โ€œA child, be it a boy or Girl, to make his own way, flavors have paved their own way.”

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Zarin.

โ€œOur boxers have made us proud! Congratulations to Nikhat Zarin for winning a gold medal at the Womenโ€™s World Boxing Championships,โ€ Modi wrote on Twitter.

“I also congratulate Manisha Moon and Parveen Hooda for their bronze medals in the same competition,” the Indian leader added.

โ€œOne for the history books,โ€ the Indian Boxing Association tweeted. “Nickat Zarin continues her golden streak…well done, world champion.”

2022-05-20 09:14:21

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