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Nitu wins gold at the World Youth Championship

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535   //    31 Aug 2018, 10:19 IST


New Delhi, August 30: Nitu bagged India's first gold in women's light fly category (48 kg) after she got a split verdict of 4:1 against Nillada Meekoon of Thailand in the AIBA Youth Women's and Men's World Championships tonight. This is Nitu’s second World Youth Championship gold.

It was one of the best bouts in recent times for the Indian who had to endure a strong Thai opponent as both traded punches consistently. In the end, the five judges concluded with a split verdict in favour of the Indian who had her combination punches going right more often than not throughout the duration of the final. In fact, Nitu began well with an uppercut and managed to land one left hook which might have shattered the Thai pugilist to begin with.

But then she came strongly and landed a few straight punches, pushing the Indian on the back foot for a while. Nitu, who recovered quickly from the counters, sent in a barrage of punches from which the Thai could never recover, with the Indian having an upper hand and last laugh.

Three other Indians who are in the final which are to be played on August 31. Nitu's win will provide the right impetus which they should carry on to add to the gold tally of India. Four other girls and two boys have already won bronze medals earlier.

Meanwhile, two senior boxers Amit Panghal (Men's Light Fly) and Vikas Krishan (Men's Middle) made the nation proud by making it to the semis of their respective categories at the ongoing Asian Games 2018. They have secured at least a Bronze medal and will be in action on August 31 as well.

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