Sports Current Affairs - 2019

Latest Sports Current Affairs 2019 for National and International sports and tournaments, awards, trophies and cups related to cricket, football, tennis and other sports for UPSC, SSC, States, Civil services and other competitive examinations.

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Fact Sheet: World Wrestling Championships – 2018

The 2018 World Wrestling Championships were fifteenth edition of World Wrestling Championships of combined events and were held from October 20 to 28 in Budapest, Hungary. Here are important facts:

About UWW World Wrestling Championships
  • It is amateur wrestling world championship event organised by the United World Wrestling.
  • It was started in 1904 with the Men’s Greco-Roman wrestling tournament.
  • From 1951, the Men’s freestyle wrestling tournament began.
  • From 1987, women’s freestyle championship started.
The top medal winning countries

In the 2018 event, Japan won the most medals with 5 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze. Russia comes second with 8 medals.

India’s performance

India is at the 17th place with 2 medals – 1 silver and 1 bronze. Bajrang Punia bagged the silver medal. Pooja Dhanda won Bronze medal and became fourth Indian woman to win a medal at the World Wrestling Championship.

About Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia from Haryana is India’s freestyle wrestler who won a Bronze medal in 2013 world wrestling championships, bagged silver medal in 2015 commonwealth games, 2014 Asian games, and 2014 Asian wrestling championships. With the 2018 win, he has total four silvers in his kitty. He has also won a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship 2017, 2018 commonwealth games, and 2018 Asian games.

Pooja Dhanda

Pooja Dhanda from Haryana won silver medals in the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and 2018 Commonwealth Games. With 2018 Bronze win, she became the fourth Indian woman grappler to win a medal at the World Championship. Before her, Alka Tomar in 2006, Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat in 2012 had won a bronze medal each at the Worlds Championships.

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Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins India’s maiden gold medal at Youth Olympic Games

Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga (15) won India’s maiden gold medal at 2018 Youth Olympic Games being held in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. He won the medal in in the men’s 62 kg category by lifting total of 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) weight to finish on top. The silver medal was won by Turkey’s Toptas Caner, who lifted 263 kg (122 kg + 141 kg) and bronze medal to Colombia’s Villar Estiven Jose who lifted 260 kg (115 kg + 143 kg). So far this was India’s fourth medal in ongoing2018 Youth Olympic Games, which include three silver medals earlier won by Tushar Mane (10m Air Rifle), Tababi Devi (44kg Judo) and Mehuli Ghosh (10m Air Rifle).

Jeremy Lalrinnunga

Born on 26 October 2002 in Aizwal, Mizoram. He had started weightlifting at the age of 10. He had started his training with Indian Army at Army Sports Institute in Pune, Maharashtra. In 2018, he broke two National Records claiming Bronze medal (Junior) and Silver medal (Youth) in Asian Championships.

Achievements  

  • 2017: Gold (Commonwealth Youth Championships Gold Coast)
  • 2017: Gold (Commonwealth Junior Championship Gold Coast)
  • 2016: Silver (IWF Youth World Championships Penang)

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