With the Paris Olympics not far away, it’s an auspicious signal that the Indian contingent produced its finest ever efficiency when it comes to gold medals.
The spotlight of the match was that Nikhat turned solely the second Indian to win the world championship twice after the legendary MC Mary Kom, who has an unprecedented six titles on the worldwide stage.
Emergence of three new champions in Lovlina (75kg), Neetu Ghanghas (48 kg) and sweety boora Some promising performances from gamers akin to Jasprit Pawar (81kg) and Preeti Pawar (54kg) have been additionally key outcomes of the match.
Nikhat needed to battle by way of six robust matches, which included taking part in back-to-back pre-quarters, quarter-finals and semi-finals. She had very brief recoveries, and the truth that she defeated robust opponents underneath the immense stress of acting at house is a testomony to her psychological resolve and health.
The 50 kg area was the hardest, with 35 boxers competing for the highest honours. Many boxers have both elevated or decreased weight to make the reduce for the sunshine flyweight class as it’s an Olympic class.
Nikhat, who gained the 52kg title final yr in Istanbul, mentioned, “This World Championship was more durable than the final time as I needed to management my weight and comply with a strict food regimen.”
The win of Lovlina, thought of a high-performing asset, can also be an encouraging signal.
For one, Lovlina has damaged the ‘bronze pique’ which she admitted earlier than the match was affecting her psychologically. The 25-year-old got here into this mega occasion with three bronzes – two on the World Championships and one on the Tokyo Olympics.
A win at residence will do loads for Lovlina’s confidence after a number of stupendous outcomes together with the 2022 Commonwealth Video games.
Nonetheless, each Nikhat and Lovleena are nonetheless adapting to their new weight class and have many points to work on.
One other boxer to impress regardless of a pre-quarterfinal exit was younger Preeti.
Competing within the 54kg class, the 19-year-old packed a punch in her three rounds as she noticed off high seed and final version’s silver medalist Romania’s Lacramiora Perijoc in a fierce contest towards two-time world medalist Jitpong Jutamas of Thailand. I beat Fought laborious.
The performances of final version’s bronze medalist Manisha Moun (57kg), Commonwealth Video games bronze medalist Jasmine Lamboria (60kg) and Manju Bamboriya, who have been competing in all Olympic classes, nevertheless, left a lot to be desired. left.
Jasmin made a whole lot of guarantees however did not fairly ship as she acquired fully outboxed within the quarterfinals.
Total, India topped the medal desk, nevertheless it ought to be famous that the sphere was empty.
Greater than 10 international locations boycotted the occasion after the Worldwide Boxing Affiliation (IBA) went towards the suggestions of the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) and allowed Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete underneath their very own flags.
To place issues in perspective, 5 of the boycotting international locations – USA, Eire, Canada, Poland and the Netherlands – had completed within the top-10 within the earlier two editions of the match.
There was not a lot competitors within the gentle heavyweight (81 kg) and heavyweight (81+) classes as solely 13 and 12 boxers have been competing for the highest prize.
Sweety, who acquired a bye within the first spherical, solely wanted to play three bouts to change into the champion. Whereas her win is a good particular person achievement, in Olympic phrases, it means nothing as 81kg is a non-Olympic class.
The closest weight class she will come all the way down to earlier than 2024 Paris is middleweight (75kg), the place Lovlina has already made the reduce for the primary Olympic qualifier – the Asian Video games in Hangzhou.
Equally, Neetu, who has excelled within the non-Olympic minimal weight class, should battle to be a standby for Nikhat within the 50kg class for the Asian Video games as 48kg shouldn’t be on the Paris Olympics syllabus.