The World Cadet Wrestling Championships were held in Budapest. In the final, she defeated Kseniya Patapovich of Belarus 5-0. She aspires to qualify for the 2024 French Olympics. Jai Bhagwan, 40, served 18 years in the army. Mamata Banerjee and Manohar Lal Khattar congratulated her.
- Gold was won by Priya Malik at the World Cadet Wrestling Championships in Budapest.
- The 16-year-old won the women’s 73 kg title by defeating Kseniya Patapovich of Belarus 5-0 in the final.
- Vinesh Phogat is her idol and she took up the sport after seeing the success of Anshu Malik, who is also competing in the Olympics.
- The youngster has been a consistent winner.
- In 2019, she won gold in the Khelo India Games in Pune and in New Delhi National School Games.
The news of adolescent wrestler Priya Malik’s victory at the World Cadet Wrestling Championships in Budapest, which came a day after Mirabai Chanu’s silver medal in 49kg weightlifting helped India get off to a strong start at the Tokyo Olympics, delighted Indians. The jubilation was so great that some people mistaken the Haryana wrestler’s achievement for an Olympic gold, and social media was flooded with congratulatory comments in response.
Priya herself was taken aback before the rest of the world realized what had happened and congratulated her on her world cadet gold.
“I’ve also observed that individuals have praised me on social media, believing that I’ve won gold at the Olympics,” says the athlete. I am hoping that this will be realized at the next Olympics in France (2024). “I intend to put in my best effort to qualify for the next Olympics and represent India,” Priya said upon arrival at the Budapest airport.
Despite the fact that Priya was victorious on July 22, the announcement was only made on Sunday.
She won the women’s 73 kg title by defeating Kseniya Patapovich of Belarus 5-0 in the final. She is only 16 years old. “I felt sure in my ability to defeat her in the final,” the kid from class XII claimed. She defeated Milla Andelic (Croatia) with a score of 10-0 in the first round and defeated Veronika Nyikos (Hungary) by a score of 10-0 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, she dominated Marilla Akulincheva (Russia), and she won the match.
The youngster, who idolizes top medal competitor Vinesh Phogat and took up wrestling after seeing the success of Anshu Malik, who is also a contender at the Games, added, “Hats off to Mirabai didi for making India proud; praying for more gold for India, especially from wrestlers.”
“Anshu didi is from my village, and I know him well. When I was younger, my grandfather (Prithvi Singh) and then my father (Jai Bhagwan) constantly pushed me to pursue a career in sports. Priya, whose father is a Kargil war veteran, said she joined at the prestigious Choudhary Bharat Singh Memorial School in Nidani in 2016 after seeing Anshu didi play well for India. She is from from the village of Nidani in Haryana’s Jind district, where wrestling is extremely famous.
Anshu will compete in the 57kg weight class, while Vinesh will compete in the 53kg weight class at the Olympics.
“We’ve been training a lot of people at our school. Priya will now serve as a role model for others, much like Anshu did before her. “The female wrestlers in Nidani have developed into great role models for young girls who want to pursue sports careers,” said her coach Jagdish, who has been training wrestlers in the village since 2014. Priya will be greeted with open arms at the center.
The youngster has been a constant winner throughout his career. The Khelo India Games in Pune, as well as the New Delhi National School Games, were highlights of her year in 2019. She won two titles last year as well, in the national cadet championships and the school games in the United States.
“I left the army in 2017 in order to stay at home with Priya when she was through training. My father taught me and my brother how to swim. My brother, who is a licensed wrestling coach in the army, was on the Services team, which I represented. Our family is now farming, and we are taking care of Priya,” said Jai Bhagwan, 40, who retired as Hawaldar after serving in the army for 18 years as a scoutmaster.
Messages of congratulations flooded in from around the world on social media. Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, and Manohar Lal Khattar, the chief minister of Haryana, both expressed their congratulations.