Paris Olympics 2024 Antim Panghal wants to live up to the country's expectations

Paris Olympics 2024 Antim Panghal wants to live up to the country's expectations

Antim Panghal will bring her prodigious wrestling talent to Paris 2024 as the 19-year-old is expected to be a medal contender in the 53kg category at the upcoming Olympic Games.



Updated: 9 July 2024 8:48 PM IST


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Paris Olympics 2024: Antim Panghal wants to live up to the nation's expectations
Antim Panghal won bronze medal in Asian Games 2023.

New Delhi: Antim Panghal will bring her prodigious wrestling talent to Paris 2024 as the 19-year-old is expected to be a medal contender in the 53kg category at the upcoming Olympic Games. Panghal's journey began at the tender age of 10, when her elder sister, a kabaddi player, encouraged her to take up wrestling.

In an exclusive feature on JioCinema's 'The Dreamers', she opens up about her wrestling journey in which she became the first Indian woman to win gold at the World Junior Championships.

Reflecting on her early days, she said, “Before stepping on the mat, I feel nervous, but once I step on the mat, the fear and nerves take a back seat. Spirit means fighting and winning.

The two-time junior world champion's journey reached a turning point at the 2022 Commonwealth Games Trials, where a losing streak forced her to put in extra effort and turn in the best performance of her young career. “The loss to Vinesh Phogat in the 2022 Commonwealth Games Tests motivated me to work harder.

“I won a gold medal at the Junior World Championships, becoming the first Indian woman to do so, and then won a silver medal at the 2023 Asian Championships. My life changed after the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” she shared.

Panghal also discussed the importance of resilience and learning from setbacks. “If I lose a match, I don't dwell on it. I motivate myself to do better and move forward. I believe that Almighty God has a good plan for me and some lessons should be learned from my loss. The last seconds of the semifinals at the World Championships taught me the importance of focus and focus.

Looking ahead to Paris 2024, Panghal aspires to follow in the footsteps of Sakshi Malik, India's only female Olympic wrestling medalist. “The country has trusted me and I want to live up to their expectations. Once I set my mind on something, I make sure it gets done,” she said.

In 2022, Panghal created history as the first Indian woman to win gold at the Junior World Wrestling Championships, defending her title in 2023. She repeated her feat by winning a bronze medal at the 2023 World Wrestling Championships, a bronze medal at the 2022 Asian Games, and a silver medal at the 2023 Asian Wrestling Championships.




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