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World Wrestling Championships 2023: Antim Panghal wins Bronze to earn India 53 kg quota for Paris Olympics

Picture Supply : TWITTER/WRESTLING Antim Panghal in World Wrestling Championship 2023 on Sep 21

India’s rising wrestler Antim Panghal clinched the Bronze medal within the World Wrestling Championships 2023 as she defeated the world no.3 Emma Jonna Denise of Sweden by 16-6 in Belgrade on Thursday, September 21. With a formidable win, she additionally confirmed India’s 53 kg quota for the Paris Olympics 2024, the primary quota for India in wrestling.

The 19-year-old wrestler grew to become India’s youngest and solely sixth lady wrestler after Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat, Pooja Dhanda, Vinesh Phogat and Anshu Malik to assert a medal within the World Championships. Regardless of rating thirty first within the present rankings, Antim carried out past expectations all through the event.

Antim shocked the world when she defeated the present champion Olivia Dominique Parrish of the USA within the opening bout and continued her senational run until the semis. She missed out on a bout for the Gold medal with a 5-4 defeat to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarussia on technical superiority on Wednesday.

The 2-time U20 champion was totally disenchanted after shedding the semifinal conflict towards Kaladzinskaya however was good towards the two-time European champions as we speak. She took an early lead of 5-2 so as to add some strain on Emma however the latter made a swift comeback to tie a 6-6 rating within the first interval.

Antim dominated the second interval with some outstanding strikes and took a 12-6 lead on the finish of the second interval. She received the final interval on technical superiority and gave little or no area to Emma to make any comeback.

India girls’s marketing campaign in World Championships 2023 ended with simply one Bronze medal. In males’s occasions, solely Abhimanyu (70 kg class) has made it to the semi-final spherical whereas Gurpreet Singh, within the 77 kg class, misplaced to the world no.1 Levai Zoltan within the pre-quarterfinal spherical.

In the meantime, Antrim’s win got here underneath the UWW flag because the United World Wrestling suspended the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for not conducting elections on time final month.

Inputs from PTI

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