India had a good outing at the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia this past week as the team returned with three medals (2 Gold and 1 Bronze).
Nikhat Zareen and Nitu secured gold medals for the nation when Nandini secured the bronze. Nikhat outclassed Ukraine’s Tetiana Kob, a three-time European Championships medallist 4-1 in the finals of the 52 KG Weight category to clinch the medal.
Hailing from Hyderabad, Nikhat has been a force to reckon with in her weight class and is a multiple-time national medallist. She had won the Gold Medal in the 2019 Strandja Boxing Tournament as well.
Elsewhere, Nitu outclassed Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro in the finals 5-0 to win her gold medal in the 48 KG category. Erika is a former Youth World Championship Medallist when Nitu is a two-time former Youth World Champion and is a former Asian Youth Championship Gold Medallist. The Haryana-born Nitu has an inspiring story as well. To support his daughter’s boxing dreams, Nitu’s father took a long three-year leave from his job and only joined back once Nitu started winning medals at the International level.
Nandini secured her bronze medal by entering the semi-finals of the +81 KG category. The Indian boxer, however, could not progress beyond the same and had to settle for the Bronze.
The outing of the men’s team proved to be an underwhelming affair as all seven boxers bowed out from the tournament without any medal from the tournament. In the last edition of the tournament, India had secured two medals with Deepak Kumar and Naveen Boora winning Silver and Bronze medals respectively.
The tournament featured more than 450 boxers from 36 countries and had countries like Kazakhstan, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine in action.
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