Pooja Kadian Wins India’s Maiden Gold at World Wushu Championship

The three-time World Championships silver medallist struck gold in the 75kg of the women’s sanda competition.

Published05 Oct 2017, 08:58 AM IST
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Pooja Kadian on Wednesday created history as she bagged India's first gold medal at the World Wushu Championships in Kazan, Tatarstan.

The three-time World Championships silver medallist struck gold in the 75kg of the women's sanda competition.

After defeating Heba Abdelkader of Egypt in the semi-finals, Pooja beat Evgeniya Stepanova of Russia in the final.

It was India’s fifth medal of this edition of the World Wushu Championships, which ended on Wednesday.

Ramesh Chandra Singh (48kg sanda), Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (60kg sanda), Rajinder Singh (90kg sanda) and K Arunpama Devi (65kg sanda) secured bronze medals at the championship.

The coaches of the Indian team Kuldeep Handoo, Rajvir Singh and Rajesh Kumar expressed their happiness as they became a part of history.

What is Wushu?

Originating from China, Wushu is defined by the Wushu Association of India as a sport that “pays attention to both internal and external exercises with fighting movements as its main contents and with routine exercises and free combat as its forms”.

This form of martial arts first came to India in 1989 due to the efforts of Anand Kacker who formed the Wushu Association of India. It now has 35 units across the country, approved by Government of India, Olympic Committee and military and para-military forces.

(With inputs from IANS.)

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