Linthoi Chanambam becomes first Indian to be crowned world cadet judo champion

The teenager beat Brazil’s Bianca Reis in the women's -57kg final to make history for India.

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Indian judoka Linthoi Chanambam made history as she won the gold medal at the world cadet judo championships 2022 in the women’s -57kg category in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday.

The teenager from Manipur is the first Indian to win gold in the world judo championships in any category.

The 16-year-old Linthoi Chanambam beat Brazilian Bianca Reis, the Pan-American junior champion, in the final by Waza-ari (where the judoka wins by collecting two half points). A judo match can also be won by ippon, which awards one point for specific moves 

“I really don’t have the words and cannot explain how I am feeling right now. I only know that I’m very happy with this victory, and I hope to build on this,” Linthoi Chanambam said after her historic victory.

Linthoi Chanambam won the national championships in Chandigarh in November last year and also struck gold in the 63kg at the Asian cadet and junior championships in Bangkok, Thailand last month.

She had also won the silver medal at the 2021 Asia-Oceania Junior Championships and bronze at the 2021 Asia-Oceania Cadet Championships.

India sent two judokas to the world cadet championships. Ishroop Narang will be in action in the women's +70kg category on Saturday.

The championships end on Sunday.


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