Amit is newest Indian U20 World Champion wrestler, Priya in line become only second woman champ
Amman (Jordan), Aug 16 (PTI) Mohit Kumar on Wednesday became the first Indian wrestler to win junior world champion since 2019 after edging past Russia's Eldar Akhmaduninov in the 61kg final while Priya lined herself up to be country's only second woman grappler to grab the title.
Mohit was trailing 0-6 in the final but the Russian, who is competing as an individual athlete, lost steam as the bout progressed and the Indian took full advantage to reel off nine straight points.
Deepak Punia, who has now made a transition to the senior circuit, was the last Indian to win a world junior championship in 2019. Before that, Palwinder Cheema (2001) and Ramesh Kumar (2001) had grabbed the world junior title. So Amit is only the fourth Indian wrestler to win the coveted crown.