Indian Wrestler Makes History: Wins Gold Twice at U-20 World Wrestling Championship Finals, Defeats Mariana 4-0

On the last Friday, ModiRatri clinched the gold in the Under-20 World Wrestling Championship, scripting history. She then secured the title twice consecutively in the Under-20 World Wrestling Championship, becoming India’s first female wrestler to achieve this feat. She won the 53 kg title here.

In the final, she defeated Ukraine’s Mariya Yefremova 4-0. Last year, she became the first Indian female wrestler to win gold in the Under-20 World Wrestling Championship. Now, she aims to excel at the senior level as well.

Savita also secured the title in the 62 kg category. On Thursday, Priya Malik clinched the championship in the 76 kg category. In the 62 kg final, Savita defeated Venezuela’s E. Paula. The Under-20 World Wrestling Championship 2023 is taking place between August 14 and 20 at the Amman International Stadium in Jordan.

In Asian Games 2023, India will be represented. Later, Vinesh Phogat faced disappointment in Asian Games trials. India’s star wrestler Vinesh Phogat, while training in Rohtak, withdrew her name from the Indian team participating in the ongoing Asian Games due to various reasons. After Vinesh’s withdrawal, the final bout winner in the 53 kg women’s category and the 65 kg men’s category, Bajrang Punia, will lead India’s representation in the upcoming Asian Games.

The ad-hoc committee formed by the Indian Olympic Association has directly sent wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia to participate in the Asian Games 2022. This decision has been taken after the Delhi High Court’s appeal by the final bout and Sushil Kumar. Although the High Court had dismissed their appeal.

After this, the path for Vinesh and Bajrang to participate in the Asian Games became clear. However, Vinesh faced setbacks and has now withdrawn her name from the ongoing Asian Games. Consequently, Bajrang Punia, in good spirits, will now represent India in the 53 kg category at the upcoming Asian Games.

She topped the trials. In the trials held by the ad-hoc committee on 22nd and 23rd August at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi, she secured the top position in the 53 kg weight category. The winner of the gold medal in the Delhi Under-23 World Wrestling Championship, she became the first female wrestler to achieve this feat.