There is good news for Indian sports lovers before the start of the Tokyo Olympics. India continued its stellar performance at the Cadet World Championships in the Hungarian capital Budapest on Thursday with young wrestler Tanu and Priya becoming the new world champion.
Tanu did not lose a single point during her 43kg title journey, winning three of her four bouts, including the final against Valeria Mikitsich of Belarus. Similarly, Priya defeated Ksenia Patapovich of Belarus 5-0 to win the 73 kg weight category title.
At the beginning of the 43kg final, she was not looking in perfect form, but she soon turned it into a one-sided contest with her all-rounder game and won.
India on top
Initially the fight between the two wrestlers was very slow but Tanu found a way to attack from the Belarusian’s left side.
Tanuis is the third Indian to become the world champion in this championship. Earlier in the championship, Aman Gulia (48kg) and Sagar Jaglan (80kg) won the men’s freestyle event to give India the team championship title for the first time in history. Another Indian Varsha won the bronze medal by defeating Turkey’s Duygu General in the 65kg category.
India topped the championship with 147 points ahead of the formidable US (143) and the formidable Russia (140).
On Saturday (July 24), wrestler Komal will also present her challenge for the World Championship as she defeated Svyatlana Katenka of Belarus on technical grounds to reach the 46kg final. She will face Ruzana Mamadova of Azerbaijan.
However, Nitika (61kg) and Harshita (69kg) had to face defeat in the semi-finals itself so that they will not be able to fight for the bronze medal.