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Priya Malik Won a Gold at World Cadet Wrestling Championship, Not Tokyo Olympics

The wrestler's win was misunderstood by many social media users as a wrestling gold medal at Tokyo Olympics.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>Priya Malik clinched a gold medal for India at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship.</p></div>
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Social media users have shared a photograph of wrestler Priya Malik, celebrating her victory as she won a gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary after defeating Belarus' Kseniya Patapovich in the 73kg weight category. But people instead congratulated her for winning a medal for wrestling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

CLAIM

Many social media users congratulated the wrestler on winning the Gold medal, claiming that she made India proud at the Tokyo Olympics.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>An archived version of this post can be seen <a href="https://archive.is/9QB5W">here</a>.</p></div>

An archived version of this post can be seen here.

(Source:Twitter/Screenshot)

Many notable users including cricket commentator Reema Malhotra, FMCG company Parle-G, politician Alka Lamba, RJ Sayema and model-turned-athlete Milind Soman congratulated Priya Malik on her Olympic gold. Politician Tejaswi Surya and writer Shobhaa De had also tweeted to congratulate Malik for the same, but took down their tweets.

More claims across social media can be seen here, here, here and here.

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WHAT WE FOUND

In a tweet, the Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, congratulated Priya Malik on becoming the world champion and clinching the gold medal for India.

Priya Malik Won a Gold at World Cadet Wrestling Championship, Not Tokyo Olympics

(Photo: Twitter/Screenshot)

We also found a report by The Indian Express which contains the photo of Malik being hoisted after her win.

A tweet by United World Wrestling also confirms that she won the gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship.

Many users who had initially attributed Malik's gold to the Tokyo Olympics either deleted their posts, or issued clarifications regarding the same.

Some posts on social media also used photographs of Sonam Malik to congratulate Priya Malik for her win at the championship. Malik, 18, is one of the seven wrestlers representing India at the Tokyo Olympics.

Clearly, Priya Malik did not win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, but won it at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship held in Hungary.

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