India’s Nikhat Zareen put on a stellar performance and won the gold medal by defeating Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas by unanimous decision in the 52kg final at the IBA Women’s Boxing World Championships in Istanbul on Thursday.
The 25-year-old had defeated Mexico’s Herrera Alvarez by unanimous decision to start off her campaign. She then beat Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg by a unanimous 5-0 verdict to reach the quarterfinals. She then assured India of its first World Championships medal by clinching a dominating 5-0 win against England’s Charley-Sian Taylor Davison. And in the semifinal, she won 5-0 against Brazil’s Caroline De Almeida.
Here are some reactions to Nikhat’s memorable victory: