India’s Puja Kadian wins the first ever World Championships Gold medal for at the 14th Wushu World Championship 2017, Kazan, Russia.
Puja, who is currently working with CRPF, defeated Russia’s Evgeniya Stepanova in the Women’s kg Sanda finals and secured India’s 1st ever Gold at World Championships. Earlier she had beaten Egypt’s Heba Abdelkader 2-0 in her semifinal match.
Puja had also won silver in the same category in last world championship.
In other competitions of the day, Arunpama Devi Keisham, Rameshchandra Singh Moirangthem and Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh lost their respective semifinals and had to be content with Bronze medals for India.
Arunpama Devi, who had defeated Priscilla Staubli from Switzerland by 2-0 in 65 kg Sanda quarterfinal, lost her semifinal match against Iran’s Shahrbano Mansouriyan Semiromi by 2-0 and had to be content with a bronze for India.
In 48 kg Sanda semifinal Rameschandra Singh lost to China’s Yongjie Wang via technical victory and settled for Bronze.
Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh couldn’t change the color of his medal after losing Men’s kg semifinal against home favorite Ali Magomedov by 2:0.
Earlier in the 90kg Sanda semifinals, Rajinder had lost against Iran’s Milan Areti Magham by 2-0 and won bronze medal for India.
India finished their campaign in this World Championship with overall 5 medals (1 Gold, 4 Bronze) which is India’s best ever finish at the World Championships.