Antim Panghal is India’s first U20 women’s wrestling champion.
Atlyn Shagayeva of Kazakhstan competed in the 53kg division final, where Antim Panghal defeated her 8-0 to win the gold medal at the U20 World Championship in Bulgaria.
By winning the U20 World Championship on Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria, Indian junior wrestler Antim Panghal made history. At the U20 World Wrestling Championships, Panghal won gold as the first Indian woman wrestler ever. Antim won the 53 kg division’s championship by defeating Kazakhstan’s Atlyn Shagayeva in the final.
Other Indian wrestlers who have won gold at the CWG include Deepak Punia, Ramesh Kumar, Palwinder Singh Cheema, and Pappu Yadav.
Antim Panghal wins a historic gold medal at the U20 World Championships.
With an 11-0 victory over German Amery Olivia to start the tournament, Antim Panghal triumphed due to her superior technical abilities. In her second match, the Indian wrestler defeated Ayaka Kimura of Japan by fall. Panghal faced Ukrainian Nataliia Klivchutska in the semi-final match, and she won the match decisively with a score of 11–2. In the championship match against Altyn Shagayeva of Kazakhstan, Antim started the fight with a double leg attack before attempting an outside head takedown. The Indian wrestler led 6-0 at the half. Antim was content to play out the remaining three minutes of the round after the break and needed just one takedown to win 8-0.
The other wrestlers from India who participated in the final on Friday did not take home the gold. Sonam Malik, a two-time U17 world champion, had to settle for silver after falling to Nonoka Ozaki in the 62kg final. India’s Priyanka lost to Japan’s Mahiro Yoshitake in a 65 kg final by a score of 0-8.
Examining Antim Panghal’s career
In the past, Antim Panghal won gold at the Asian Junior Championships and bronze at the Cadet World Championships (2021). (2022). This year, she also took home silver from the U23 Asian Championships. In the final 10 seconds of their match against Vinesh Phogat during the June Commonwealth Games selection trials, Antim had a 3-1 lead. Phogat then came back to win the match.