Wrestler Priya Malik wins gold at the World Wrestling Championship

HUNGARY, JULY 25: Indian wrestler Priya Malik has won a gold medal in the ongoing World Cadet Wrestling Championship. Malik’s victory for India is an add-on after weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won silver on Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Priya came out victorious in the women’s 73 kg weight category by beating Belarus wrestler Kseniya Patapovich 5-0 in the final.

In 2019, Priya Malik won gold at Khelo India in Pune and clinched the yellow medal the same year at the 17th School Games that were held in Delhi.

In 2020, Priya Malik also won a gold at Patna National Cadet Championship. The same year, she bagged another gold medal in a national-level school competition.

Priya Malik hails from Jind in Haryana and is a student of Choudhary Bharat Singh Memorial School. Her father, Jayabhagwan Nidani, is an Indian army veteran.

Malik’s win has social media flooded with happy reactions and congratulatory messages with many calling this a “proud moment”.

In the men’s category, Aman Gulia (48kg) and Sagar Jaglan (80kg) took titles in the men’s freestyle competition to propel India to the Team championship title for the first time in history. Another Indian, Varsha won the bronze medal on Thursday in the 65kg category with a victory by fall against Turkey’s Duygu Gen.

The Cadet World Championship is a yearly event where the best Greco-Roman, Freestyle and Women wrestlers in the world aged 16 and 17 years old compete.

This time, the female wrestlers who participated from India were Priya Malik, Tannu, Varsha and Komal.

While Tannu won gold in the 43kg category, Komal won in thr 46kg catergory and Priya won in the 73kg category.

The Cadet World Championship was organised by the United World Wrestling (UWW), which is the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling. It also oversees wrestling at the Olympics.