World champion boxer Nikhat Zareen added a Commonwealth Games gold medal to her ever-growing kitty as she completely defeated veteran Northern Irish runner Carly McNaul in the lightweight final. female. Nikhat’s gold is India’s third of the day after Nitu Ghanghas and Amit Panghal also won earlier in the day.
Prior to that, Nitu Ghanghas put on a superb performance on Sunday to beat Britain’s Demie-Jade Resztan in the women’s minimum weight final to give India its first gold medal in the sport. sport at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Nitu participated fully, punching her way to glory when the bout was decided in her favor by all the judges unanimously. Just minutes later, ace fighter Amit Panghal was equally brilliant in the ring when he beat British boxer Kiaran Macdonald in the men’s 51 kg final to win the first Commonwealth Games gold medal, after finishing finished with a silver medal in 2018.
This is the first major medal for Nitu, who has won two World Youth Championship gold medals.
On the other hand, Panghal is a gold medalist at the Asian Games and also a silver medalist at the World Championships.
This medal will help Panghal regain his confidence after he suffered a breakdown during the Tokyo Olympics, where he was expected to win the medal.
Panghal earned his silver medal from the previous edition when he defeated British European Championship silver medalist Kiaran MacDonald by a 5-0 result in the men’s flyweight division.
On the other hand, Nitu overcame British 2019 World Championship bronze medalist Demie-Jade Resztan by unanimous decision 5-0.
Despite the height disadvantage, the Asian Games gold medalist Panghal was the much better track and field athlete of the two.
But MacDonald took the lead in the final round despite managing a nasty cut.
The first Indian boxer to hit the ring, 21-year-old Nitu, competing in her first CWG, looked completely in control for nine minutes, leaving the host boxer no chance.
Southpaw continues to shine in the ring as she delivers sharp, precise combo punches and controls the tempo of the competition.
(With PTI input)
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