Antim Panghal on Friday created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win back-to-back U20 world titles as she successfully defended her 53kg title, combining her tremendous agility and strength to pull off a spectacular feat.

Not only Panghal but Savita (62kg) also crowned herself world champion as the Indian women’s team won the team title at the World Championships for the first time in the history of the sport.

Priya Malik won the 76kg title on Thursday.

In an unprecedented result for Indian wrestling, seven wrestlers from the country won medals, including three gold medals, a silver by the last Kundu (65 kg) and a silver each by Reena (57 kg), Arju (68 kg) and Harshita (72 kg). Won three bronze medals.

Panghal, who hails from Hisar in Haryana, registered a comfortable 4-0 win over her Ukrainian opponent Maria Yefremova. She fought with such intensity and authority that she lost only two points in the entire tournament.

It was clear that he is the one for the future in this category.

Panghal was quick in his movements and double leg attacks, leaving the Ukrainian players gasping with his use of tremendous power.

He took the fight by attacking with his right foot, which he converted into a take-down move.

In the 62kg final, Savita set the mat on fire, winning by technical superiority over A. Paola Monteiro Chirinos of Venezuela.

The wrestler from Rohtak scored points at will. She started with a take-down two-pointer and kept increasing the lead against a clearly clueless Chirinos.

By the end of the first period, Savita had built a 9-0 lead and quickly finished the second period without dropping any points.

Antim Kundu did not look in rhythm in his final and lost 2–9 to local favorite Eniko Alekes.

Reena won the bronze medal in 57kg by defeating Kazakhstan’s Shugyla Omirbek 9-4.

She was leading 5-0 and survived last-minute drama to seal her spot on the podium.

At 5-2, the umpire awarded four points to the Kazakh wrestler on one move, but the Indian overturned the decision to win 9-4.

Earlier during the day, Reena won two repechage rounds to reach the medal round.

Harshita ended India’s campaign on a high note by defeating her rival Emilia Creciun of Moldova. She was leading 6-0 at the time when Harshita got a move to put Kreciun’s back on the mat to seal the ‘win by fall’.

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