Praveen Kumar wins Gold in Wushu World Championship
Praveen Kumar has scripted the history by becoming the first Indian man to win a gold medal at Wushu World Championships. He defeated Russel Diaz of Philippines with 2-1 in the 48kg category event. The Indian saw off his Filipino opponent in men’s Sanda event of 15th World Wushu Championships held in Shanghai, China.
What is Wushu? It is a Chinese martial art which combines full-contact kickboxing, including close-range punches and kicks, with wrestling, throws, takedowns, kick catch and sweeps.
In the semi-final, Praveen had earlier defeated Khasan Ikromov of Uzbekistan’ with 2-0 to set up the summit clash with Diaz.
India has finished third overall in championship in event with a gold, 2 silvers and a bronze.
Other Indian Winner:
Poonam in women’s 75kg category and Sanathoi Devi in women’s 52kg category secured silver medals.
Vikrant Baliyan bagged bronze in men’s 60kg category.
NOTE: In 2017, Pooja Kadian became the first Indian to be crowned world champion in wushu after she defeated Russia’s Evgeniya Stepanova in women’s 75 kg sanda event.
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