Nikhat Zareen is the second Indian to win two gold medals in the World Championships. Before her, Mary Kom had won two gold medals for India in the World Championship. Nikhat also considers Mary Kom as her role model.
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New Delhi: India’s Nikhat Zareen created history on Sunday. Nikhat has won the title of world champion by winning the 50 kg weight category title match in the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship. This is Nikhat’s second consecutive gold medal in the World Championship. Earlier, he had also won the final of the World Championship last year. With this, Nikhat has created history and she has followed the path on which her idol legendary boxer Mary Kom walked. Nikhat is the second Indian to win two gold medals in the World Championships. Before her only Mary Kom has done this work. Mary Kom has won a total of six gold medals in the World Championships.
Nikhat won the title by defeating Asian champion Vietnam’s Ti Tam in the match played at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in the national capital on Sunday. Mary Kom is Nikhat’s ideal like many women boxers of the country, but Nikhat had opened a front against her own ideal player.
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Messed up with Mary Kom and BFI
Mary Kom’s name was final for the Tokyo Olympics. The Indian Boxing Association had also said that Mary Kom was their first choice and trials would not be organized for it. After this, Nikhat raised her voice against BFI and Mary Kom and asked the federation to conduct trials in 52 kg weight category. She fought for this and Mary Kom got angry with her. In an interview, when Mary Kom was asked about Nikhat, she said who Nikhat.
Nikhat did not give up and BFI again organized trials. Nikhat and Mary Kom had a match in which Mary Kom won and went to play in the Olympics but could not win a medal. After this, Mary Kom retired from boxing and this opportunity became for Nikhat, which she redeemed and won two consecutive gold medals in the World Championship.
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journey has not been easy
However, the journey till here has not been easy for Nikhat. She comes from Nizamabad, Telangana. Her father himself was a player and so he thought of making his daughter a player and started training her in athletics, but once she was passing by the stadium and saw boys boxing and asked her father That’s why there are no girls in this game. Just from here Nikhat’s dream of becoming a boxer became. Then his training to become a boxer started, then he reached the world champion through the nationals.