Wrestling Current Affairs

Navjot Kaur: First Indian woman to win gold medal at Asian Wrestling Championships

Ace wrestler Navjot Kaur won gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling category of Senior Asian Championships held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. With this, she created history by becoming first Indian woman wrestler to win gold medal in Senior Asian Championships. This was also India’s first gold in the ongoing championships. In the final match the women’s 65kg freestyle wrestling category, Navjot defeated Japan’s Miya Imai by 9-1 score.

Earlier, Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik had who won the bronze in 62kg freestyle category after defeating Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova 10-7. These two medals have taken India’s overall medal tally to six, which consisted one gold, silver and four bronze medals.

Navjot Kaur

Navjot Kaur (born 10 February 1990) represents India in the women’s freestyle wrestling in 67 kg category. She had won Bronze medal (67 kg category) at 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In Asian Wrestling Championships, she had won Bronze medal in 2011, Silver medal in 2013. In 2013 Wrestling World Cup held in Ulanbaatar she had won Bronze medal.


Under-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship: Ritu Phogat wins Silver

India’s Ritu Phogat has won Silver medal in Under-23 Senior World Wrestling held in Poland. She won silver medal in 48 kg category.
She entered into final by defeating Bulgarian Wrestler Selishka in Quarter finals and Chinese Wrestler Jiang Zhu in the semi-final. In the gold medal bout (in the final match), she lost against Turkish Wrestler Evin Demirhan and stand in second with a silver medal.
Another young Indian wrestler, Divya Kakran, came close to a medal but lost in the bronze medal bout.

About Ritu Phogat

Ritu Phogat is an Indian female wrestler from the state of Haryana. She is one the three Phogat sisters from Haryana. Her sisters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, as well as cousin Vinesh Phogat, have established themselves as world-class wrestlers.
Previously, Ritu Phogat won gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling in Singapore in the 48 kg category, bronze medal at the Asian Championships. She also won National championship, which was held Indore.
She became the most expensive female wrestler at the Pro Wrestling League auction in 2016 and played for Jaipur Ninjas franchise.

About Under-23 Senior World Wrestling

Under-23 Senior World Wrestling is the one events in Wrestling organised by United World Wrestling. In 2017, it was held in Poland.