When she won the gold medal in the women’s 53kg division on Friday at the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, Antim Panghal of India made history.
In the competition’s 34-year history, she became the first Indian woman to win gold when she defeated Kazakhstan’s Atlyn Shagayeva 8-0 in the final.
With the silver-winning performances of Sonam Malik and Priyanka, India grabbed two additional medals on the day.
Six Indian wrestlers had advanced to the junior world finals before to Antim, but none of them had won a gold medal.
The 17-year-old from Haryana’s Bhagana village in the Hisar region easily won every match, including an 11-0 technical victory over European champion Olivia Andrich.
In the championship match against bronze medalist Shagayeva at the Under-20 Asian Championships, Antim delivered a nearly faultless performance. She held a 6-0 advantage at the half and continued to dominate the rest of the fight to win 8-0.
The United World Wrestling website quoted Antim, who won gold at the seniors Zouhaier Sghaier Ranking Series in Tunisia last month, as saying: “I really love counters but here she (Altyn Shagayeva) was not attacking much so I had to launch a few attacks.”
She defeated Germany’s Amory Olivia Andrich, the junior European champion, by technical advantage (11-0), and then she submitted Ayaka Kimura of Japan in the quarterfinals.
“Everyone has consistently praised Japan as the best. I only wanted to defeat Japan “She announced.
Nataliia Klivchutska, who won bronze for Ukraine at the Under-20 European Championships, was defeated 11-2 by Antim in the semifinal match.
Sonam Malik (women’s 62 kg), a Tokyo Olympian and two-time cadet World champion, and Priyanka (women’s 65 kg), another reigning junior Asian champion, also took home silver medals.