75 Years of Independence, 75 Iconic Moments of Indian Sports: No. 61- The Rise and Rise of Nikhat Zareen

India will complete 75 years of independence this year. Here is a series acknowledging 75 great sporting achievements by Indian athletes. sportstar Each day will present an iconic sporting achievement, which will run till August 15, 2022.

The rise and rise of Nikhat Zareen

Nikhat Zareen stunned Thai Olympian Jutamas Jitpong 5-0 as she became the fifth Indian boxer to win a gold medal at the Women’s World Championships held in May.

Six-time champion MC Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekh KC are the other Indian women to have won the crown.

India last won a world title when Mary became a six-time champion in Delhi in 2018.

With that performance, Nikhat – who had previously defeated world champions in other events – underlined his status as a world-class boxer.

Nikhat will open her campaign against Mozambique’s Helena Ismail Bagao in the women’s 48-50kg light flyweight category at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The defining moment of his career was when Shamsuddin, who coached boxers in Nizamabad (Telangana), realized that Nikhat should take up boxing not only because of his attitude, guts and patience but also for the simple fact that he felt that he had done. A better chance to make it big in women’s boxing.

For once, Nikhat joined boxing at the age of 13 and within six months, she won the state championship gold in Karimnagar in 2010 and won the gold medal and was selected for rural nationals in Punjab.

Within three months, Nikhat was adjudged the ‘Best Boxer’ in addition to the gold he won at the sub-junior nationals in Erode (Tamil Nadu). Soon, Nikhat Dronacharya joined the Sports Authority of India camp in Visakhapatnam under the tutelage of I Venkateswara Rao.

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After eight months of training, her amazing performance continued as she won gold medals at the 2011 World Junior and Youth Championships for Girls in Antalya.

One of the highlights of her impressive career was such planning – she trained under John Warburton at JSW’s Inspire Institute of Sport (Bellary) under the Jindal Program for Special Training, even when she was not in the Indian camp.

Thus the whole program of staying fit and focused was a continuous process without breaks.

Nikhat had faced several problems – such as the qualification process for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics or the infamous feud with veteran Mary Kom regarding a shoulder injury in 2018, which kept him out of action for almost a year, when many wrote them. ,

But the 26-year-old didn’t hold back and showed that he is the embodiment of tireless spirit with a strong desire to succeed under pressure.