India’s female junior wrestlers created history in Amman, Jordan on Friday by clinching the gold medal at the U-20 World Championships. It is the first time an Indian female team has topped the standings at a world championship.

On Friday, Antim Panghal won her second world championship gold medal to become the first Indian woman wrestler to win back-to-back U20 titles. The 53kg category grappler beat Ukraine’s Mariia Yefremova 4-0 for the top spot.

When I reached Amman, I had only one goal that I have to win gold again,” Panghal said. “I wanted to perform better than last year. The next day I came to know that I will be going to the Asian Games. So I felt that if I perform well in Amman, everyone will think that I am capable.”

“I checked her bouts and she uses her grip on the left hand and throws the cradle,” Panghal said on her opponent in the final. “She did grip my left hand but I was aware of the move. Also, in the final, I wanted to keep myself away from injury. Every competition is important but there are senior-level competitions coming up so I needed to be safe.”

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