On Wednesday, Mohit Kumar won the U20 World Wrestling Championships in Jordan in the men’s 61kg freestyle wrestling division. This was India’s first gold medal in the current edition. Mohit is the fourth male wrestler from India to earn a gold medal in the U20 World Championships, following Palwinder Cheema (2001), Ramesh Kumar (2001), and Deepak Punia (2019).
Antim Panghal, who won a gold medal at the previous event, is the only woman to have done so. Mohit came back from a 0-6 hole to defeat Eldar Akhmadudinov in the final 9-8. Mohit has won all 13 of his matches this year, with no defeats.
He also won the Asian U20 Championships and the Asian U23 Championships this year. So far, India has won four medals in the 2023 edition, including Mohit’s gold medal, two silver medals, and one bronze medal. Priya Malik has advanced to the finals of the women’s 76kg division, putting India in contention for two gold medals in the same event.
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