Meet Navjot Kaur, the first Indian woman to win gold at Asian Wrestling Championships

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New Delhi | Published: March 2, 2018 9:01:26 PM

Keeping India's head high in the field of wrestling is the 28-year-old Navjot Kaur. Defeating her opponent, Japan's Miya Imai with a comfortable easy 9-1 victory, Navjot Kaur has written a new page in the history books.

Keeping India's head high in the field of wrestling is the 28-year-old Navjot Kaur. (TV grab)Keeping India?s head high in the field of wrestling is the 28-year-old Navjot Kaur. (TV grab)

It is indeed a happy Holi for wrestling in India! Keeping India’s head high in the field of wrestling is the 28-year-old Navjot Kaur. Defeating her opponent, Miya Imai from Japan with an easy 9-1 victory, Navjot Kaur has written a new page in the history books. With this victory, Kaur has become the first Indian women to have won the top spot, that is the gold medal, at the Asian Wrestling Championships held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Najot Kaur won the title in the 65 kg category defeated her opponent from Japan.

At the Asian Wrestling Championships, India has so far bagged one gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal. India were at the second spot in the medals tally. Vinesh Phogat and Pinki of Indian Railways also bagged silver medals.

It is not just Kaur who have bagged a medal at the championship. Sakshi Malik also won the bronze medal in the 62 kg category in the same championship. Malik defeated Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan by 10-7. Malik earned the spot to compete for the bronze medal by defeating Jiae Choi of Korea.

WATCH| India’s Navjot Kaur vs Japan’s Miya Imai

Kaur’s unimaginable achievement is no more than a dream come true for her! Back in 2011, Kaur was eliminated in the semi-finals at the hand of Banzyaragzh Oyunsuren of Mongolia but managed to won bronze medal.

In two years time, in 2013, at the 2013 Wrestling World Cup Kaur won the bronze medal. However, a couple of months later, Navjot Kaur won the silver medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships held in New Delhi. Navjot Kaur’s strive for gold was reaching new highs and then came in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Navjot wrestled against Canada’s Dori Yeats but sadly she was defeated in the semis. Later, she competed for the bronze medal and won against Soctland’s Sarah Jones.

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