Nikhat Zareen wins boxing gold, third for India at Commonwealth Games

India’s Nikhat Zareen won the gold medal in boxing on Sunday, giving the country third place in the ongoing Commonwealth Games competition. Nikhat beat Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland.

Previously, India’s Nitu Ghanghas won the first gold medal in the women’s over 45 kg to 48 kg (minimum weight) category. This was followed by another gold medal won by Amit Panghal in the Men’s over 48kg to 51kg (flyweight) category.

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India is now fourth in the medal table winning 48 medals including 17 gold medals.

Nikhat made history by winning the Women’s World Boxing Championships in Turkey in May this year. In doing so, Zareen had become only the fifth Indian woman to achieve this coveted feat.

Avowed fan of Salman Khan, Nikhat had received a special fan from the Bajrangi Bhaijan star, who asked him not to knock him out.

Recalling the taunts his daughter had faced for wearing shorts, Father Jameel said people often object to a Muslim girl wearing shorts to play sports. However, he said the family soon learned to ignore them. “But when she won the youth championship people changed their minds and said she had proven herself,” Jameel was quoted as saying by the BBC.

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