Priya achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the second Indian female wrestler to secure the U20 world championship gold. Simultaneously another Indian wrestler, Antim Panghal, also advanced to the title clash. This marked an unprecedented achievement for India at the junior wrestling World Championships held on Thursday.
Despite enduring a cut above her left eye, Priya displayed unwavering determination as she dominated her opponent, Laura Celive Kuehn from Germany, in the gold medal showdown. The match was interrupted twice due to Priya’s bleeding, but this setback didn’t deter her. Employing lightning-fast leg attacks, Priya unsettled her German counterpart, preventing her from scoring any points throughout the bout.
In the previous year, Antim Panghal achieved the distinction of becoming the first Indian female junior world champion. Her triumphant journey continued on Thursday as she advances to the 53kg final. Despite her earlier noteworthy challenge against Vinesh Phogat for the Asian Games trials, which she did not succeed in, Panghal showcased her dominance by effortlessly winning all three of her matches.
On Wednesday, Priya successfully advanced to the 76kg final as anticipated. Antim Panghal‘s journey to the final was remarkable, as she swiftly defeated her initial challenger from Poland, Nikola Monika Wisniewska, in just 68 seconds, demonstrating an overwhelming performance. She continued this momentum by achieving a decisive victory over Xuejing Liang of China through technical superiority.