A day after Mirabai Chanu gained silver in 49kg weightlifting to open India’s mark on the Tokyo Olympics, the information of teenage wrestler Priya Malik’s triumph on the World Cadet Wrestling Championships in Budapest elated Indians. The elation was such that some even mistook the Haryana wrestler’s feat as an Olympics medal with social media swarmed with congratulatory messages.
Priya herself was stunned, earlier than folks realised and congratulated her for the world cadet gold.
“I additionally seen folks have congratulated me on social media pondering I’ve gained gold on the Olympics. I hope this comes true within the subsequent Olympics in France (2024). I’ll work arduous to qualify for the following Olympics and symbolize India,” stated Priya from the Budapest airport.
Although Priya gained on July 22, the information got here out solely on Sunday.
The 16-year-old clinched the ladies’s 73 kg title defeating Kseniya Patapovich of Belarus 5-0 within the closing. “I used to be assured of beating her within the closing,” the category XII pupil stated. She gained 10-0 within the first spherical towards Milla Andelic (Croatia) and beat Veronika Nyikos (Hungary) simply within the quarter-finals. She then dominated Marilla Akulincheva (Russia) within the semi-final.
Priya is keenly following the Olympics.
“Hats off to Mirabai didi for making India proud; hoping for extra medals for India, particularly from wrestlers,” stated Priya, who idolises high medal hope Vinesh Phogat and took up the game after watching the success of Anshu Malik, who can also be a contender on the Video games.
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“Anshu didi is from my village. My grandfather (Prithvi Singh) after which my father (Jai Bhagwan) at all times inspired me to study the game. I enrolled within the standard Choudhary Bharat Singh Memorial Faculty in Nidani in 2016 after seeing Anshu didi do nicely for India,” stated Priya, whose father is a Kargil warfare veteran. She hails from Nidani village in Haryana’s Jind district the place wrestling could be very standard.
Anshu will compete within the 57kg class and Vinesh in 53kg on the Olympics.
“We’ve been coaching so many in our college. Like Anshu inspiring many, Priya will now be a task mannequin. Feminine wrestlers in Nidani have grow to be good examples for aspiring sportspersons,” stated her coach Jagdish, who has been coaching wrestlers in Nidani since 2014. The centre plans a heat welcome for Priya.
The teenager has been a constant winner. In 2019, she gained gold on the Khelo India Video games in Pune and within the New Delhi Nationwide Faculty Video games. Final 12 months too she gained two titles, on the nationwide cadet championships and the varsity video games.
“I give up the military in 2017 in order that I might be residence and assist Priya throughout her coaching. My father educated me and my brother. I represented the Providers group whereas my brother is a certified wrestling coach within the military. My spouse and I do farming now and take care of Priya’s wants,” stated Jai Bhagwan, 40, who retired as Hawaldar after 18 years within the military.
Congratulatory messages poured in on the social media. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar congratulated her.