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PM Modi meets golden girl Nikhat Zareen, other women boxing world championship winners


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met boxer Nikhat Zareen and other female boxers who won medals at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in Turkey last month. Nikhat Zareen is the fifth Indian boxer to win a gold medal at this prestigious event. Besides Nikhat, Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda, both bronze medalists at the Women’s World Boxing Championships, met the Prime Minister.

Nikhat later said in a tweet that it was an honor to meet the prime minister. “An honor to meet our honorable PM @narendramodi sir. Thank you sir,” she said. The boxer, who was born in Nizamabad in Telangana, recorded a landslide 5-0 victory in the final. Living up to expectations, Nikhat beat Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas without breaking a sweat in the 52kg final 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28. It was also India’s first world championship gold medal since boxing great Mary Kom won it in 2018.

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Before Nikhat, Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006) had won gold medals in the world boxing championship. Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) won bronze medals and the Indian contingent concluded their campaign with three medals at the world’s biggest boxing event which saw thrilling competition between 310 boxers from 73 countries . This year’s boxing event also marked the 20th anniversary of the Women’s World Championships.

Out of 12 Indian boxers, eight have qualified for the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament, the highest with Turkey. With the addition of three medals in Istanbul, India’s total medal count at the Women’s World Boxing Championships rose to 39, including 0 gold, eight silver and 21 bronze. It is the third highest after Russia (60) and China (50).

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