India’s female junior wrestlers created history in Amman, Jordan on Friday by clinching the gold medal at the U-20 World Championships. It is the first time an Indian female team has topped the standings at a world championship – across age categories. Antim Panghal won her second world championship Gold medal to become the first Indian woman wrestler to win back-to-back U20 titles. The 53kg category grappler beat Ukraine’s Mariia Yefremova 4-0 for the top spot.
Seven Indian wrestlers won medals at the U-20 World Championships including three Gold medals – Antim Panghal (53kg), Savita (62kg), Priya Malik (76kg), one Silver – Antim Kundu (65kg) and three Bronze- Reena (57kg), Arju (68kg) and Harshita (72kg).
“A monumental triumph for Indian Women Wrestlers! Our team has won the Women Wrestling team title at the 2023 U-20 World Championships, delivering an unparalleled performance with 7 medals, of which 3 are Golds. Among the memorable performances was by Antim for retaining her title becoming the first ever to win it twice! This glorious win stands as an embodiment of the unwavering commitment, sheer determination and exceptional talent of our emerging wrestlers” , Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
“Historic performance! Heartiest congratulations to our young & talented women wrestlers for making history by winning the ‘Team Title’ at the 2023 U-20 World Championships”, Hon’ble Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha tweeted.