Gold Medal Current Affairs - 2020

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India win historic gold at 2019 Junior Track World Cycling Championship

Indian men’s cyclist team created history by clinching the Team Sprint gold medal at World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Germany. The team comprised of Esow Alben, Ronaldo Singh, James Singh and Rojit Singh. This is India’s 1st-ever gold in a global cycling competition.

Key Highlights

This is India’s historic 1st gold win at a world cycling event, senior or junior.

In first round of men’s team sprint, India clocked fastest time at 44.764 seconds, beating China’s time of 46.248s.

To claim the top honours, Indian cyclist team defeated Australia in final, clocking 44.681 seconds in gold medal race. Great Britain took bronze home.

Currently, the Indian men’s junior team is ranked No. 2, behind Malaysia

In individual Men’s Keirin Event at World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Esow Alben of India won bronze medal by finishing behind Greece’s Konstantinos Livanos who won gold and Australia’s Sam Gallagher who won silver.

Esow Alben: At present, Esow Alben, the cycling star from Andaman and Nicobar Islands is top-ranked junior cyclist in world in sprint and keirin events. In 2018, he had become 1st Indian to win a medal at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships when he won silver in men’s Keirin event.

India finishes Asian Wrestling Championships 2019 with 16 medals

India finished Asian Wrestling Championships tournament held in Xian, China with a total of 16 medals which included eight (one gold, three silver and four bronze) won by men’s freestyle wrestlers, four bronze by women and three silver and one bronze by Greco-Roman wrestlers.

Key Highlights

India bagged two silver medals in Asian Wrestling Championships in Xian, China in men’s Greco-Roman category.

Wrestler Gurpreet Singh finished with second spot and won India a silver medal in Greco-Roman 77kg category after facing a 0-8 defeat by Hyeonwoo Kim of Korea in the finale.

Sunil Kumar in men’s 87kg category, registered victory in semi finale bout against Azamat Kustubayev of Kazakhstan with 6-6 but defeated by Hossein Ahmad Nouri of Iran in final clash.

India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers performed better than last edition where they clinched only a couple of bronze medals by Rajender Kumar (55kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg).

Harpreet Singh won silver in 82kg after defeating Iran’s Saeid Morad Abdvali. while Gyanender won bronze in 60kg after beating Jui Chi Huang of Taipeion final day.

Only Bajrang Punia won gold medal after defeating Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov by 12-7 in 65kg men’s free style.

Asian Wrestling Championships

It is Wrestling Asian Championship organized by Asian Associated Wrestling Committee (AAWC). In 1979 men’s tournament began and in 1996 women’s tournament was first staged, after that it is held every year.