Sonam Malik Wins Second Cadet World C’ships Gold In Three Years
The brilliant Sonam Malik become a two-time Cadet Wrestling World Champion as she clinched her third straight World Cadet medal on Thursday. She won the 65 kg weight class in Sofia, Bulgaria at the World Cadet Championships, defeating Binbin Xiang of China in the match, and won 7-1.
She is now a two time – 2017 and 2019 – cadet world champion. She won a bronze in 2018. Malik won the title in women’s wrestling and it was also India’s first medal in women’s wrestling at the championships this year.
Sonam Malik won gold at the Cadet Wrestling World Championships 7-1. She is now a two time – 2017 and 2019 – cadet world champion. She won a bronze in 2018.
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 2, 2019
In the final, Sonam managed to fight off Xiang Binbin of China by scoring a four-point takedown in the second period for a 7-1 victory.
The Haryana girl secured her spot in the final on Wednesday after a 9-1 win over Khadija Jlassi of Tunisia before defeating Lillian Freitas of USA 7-1. She then silenced European cadet champion Ekaterina Glukhareva of Russia.
Sonam defeated Binbin Xiang of #China by 7-1 in the finals to win the gold for India.
Well done champ!👏
You have made the country proud.🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/hI1r7f07Wu
— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) August 2, 2019
The 17-year-old from Madina village in Sonepat has three medals at world championships and she has also clinched one silver and two bronze medals at the Asian level. The golden wrestler won the gold medal at the World School Games and began wrestling at the local academy.
#SonamMalik won her second gold 🥇medal in women's 65 kg event at World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Bulgaria after beating Binbin Xiang of China 7-1 in the final.
— Abi Upadhyay (@still_amystery) August 2, 2019
Last year this young Indian wrestler bagged a gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Athens, Greece. She was competing in the 56kg category, and the 15-year-old Sonam defeated Japanese Sena Nagamoto 3-1 in the final.
On Friday, Komal will be wrestling for gold in the 40 kg category against Sterling Dias of USA. Hanny Kumari and Bhagyashree Fand will aim for bronze. India’s other medallists at the ongoing championships are Udit (48 kg), Aman (55 kg), Manish Goswami (65 kg), Anirudh Kumar (110 kg): the four winning bronze medals in their respective freestyle categories.
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