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At Asian Wrestling champion, Navjot Kaur becomes first Indian woman to win gold

Mar 07, 2018

At Asian Wrestling champion, Navjot Kaur becomes first Indian woman to win gold
At Asian Wrestling champion, Navjot Kaur becomes first Indian woman to win gold | Credit: Espn

Wrestling is the oldest sports in recorded history and it is a hand to hand sport which involves takedowns, throws, holds and tilts. It is a game which is more imperishable than other sport and it teaches self-control and pride. Based on the weight categories, many styles of wrestling are present.

Navjot Kaur scripts History

Navjot Kaur is an Indian wrestler born on 10th February 1990. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win Gold in Senior Asian Championships which was held at the Kozhomkul Sports Palace, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. The result was announced on Friday, the 2nd March that, in the 65 kg freestyle category, she clinched the yellow metal.

In the women’s 65kg freestyle category contest, Navjot Kaur was against Miya Imai who was from Japan. She whitewashed her in 9-1 in a one-sided final bout and bagged the gold. In the ongoing championships, this was India’s first gold.

How was the game?

After defeating Mongolia’s Tsevegmed Enkhbayar, Navjot reached the finals. In the semis, she defeated her by 2-1 and within two minutes she clinched a two-point lead. All these got relapsed after Japan challenged the referee’s decision but she did not lose her hope.

In the initial stages, she relied on her strong defence to the fast-paced attacks of Miya Imai and dominated the final bout. She did not give one single chance to Miya Imai to stage a comeback into the match.

She fought back to take the 2-0 lead and with a convincing 5-0 lead, she went into the break. When Miya won a single point to trail 1-5, Navjot quickly claimed two more points which took her to lead by 7-1 before closing the title 9-1 in her favour.

Miya tried a lot and in the second and final round she was forced to adopt an attacking approach but Navjot dominated her continuously and wrapped up an inclusive win. She was impressive throughout her final performance.

Other achievements of Navjot Kaur

  • In 2011 Asian Wrestling Championships, she won the bronze medal against Yuanyuan Wang of China.
  • In 2013 Wrestling World Cup in the freestyle 67 kg category, Navjot won the bronze medal.
  • Again, In 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships in semi-final, she won against Hyekung Ham of South Korea and qualified for the gold medal but she lost by 1:3 against Nasanburmaa Ochirbat of Mongolia and settled for the silver medal.
  • In 2014 Common Wealth Games, Navjot faced Dori Yeats of Canada in the women’s freestyle 69kg category but she lost 4:0 to her and won the bronze medal.

She told that at the National camp, she was supported and motivated by the whole team and she has been preparing for this and waiting for her challenge since very long.

For Indian Sports, this year has begun on a great note. At 2014 Commonwealth games at Glasgow, she represented India in the freestyle 67 kg category. It is a matter of great pride for all of us that our sportsmen are doing so well internationally.