Pooja Kadian wins India’s first ever Gold medal at Wushu World Championship in 75 Kg category, creates history

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New Delhi | Published: October 4, 2017 6:32:03 PM

Pooja Kadian created history on Wednesday afternoon by becoming the first ever Indian sportsperson to win a Gold medal at the Wushu World Championship. Pooja won the medal by defeating Evgeniya Stepanova in the final.

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Pooja Kadian created history on Wednesday afternoon by becoming the first ever Indian sportsperson to win a Gold medal at the Wushu World Championship. Pooja won the medal by defeating Evgeniya Stepanova in the final. Pooja wasn’t the only player from India who made the country proud. Apart from her, Rameshchandra Singh Moirangthem, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Rajinder Singh, and Arunpama Devi Keisham won bronze medals in different categories as well.

Pooja’s historic moment came against Russia’s Evgeniya Stepanova in the final of the 75 kg women’s Sanda category. On her way to the final, Kadian had defeated Egypt’s Heba Abdelkader 2-0 in the semifinals of the 14th edition of the World Wushu Championships being held in Kazan. With this win, she earned India’s first ever gold medal in the Wushu World Championship.

Among other winners, Rameshchandra Singh Moirangthem won a bronze medal in the men’s Sanda 48 kg category. Rameshchandra’s semi-final match against China’s Wang Yongjie had finished 0-0 but he was given a technical victory and eventually, won the gold medal.

Another Bronze medal from Bhanu Pratap Singh came in the men’s Sanda 60 kg category. Rajinder Singh also won a bronze in the men’s 90 kg category. On his way to the medal, Singh had defeated Russia’s Bozigit Ataev 2-1 to progress to the semi-finals, prior to getting thrashed 1-2 by Iran’s Milad Arefi.

The last medal for India which came from Arunpama Devi Keisham was won in the 65 kg Sanda category in the women’s section after thrashing Switzerland’s Pricilla Staubli 2-0 in the last-eight clash. Currently, China leads the medal tally with 15 gold medals with Iran in second place with eight.

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