Pooja Kadian created history for India by winning first ever gold medal in the Senior World Wushu Championships 2017 held at Kazan in Russia. The former taekwondo player from Haryana made the historic moment after claiming gold in women’s 75kg category.
She had earlier won silver medals on three occasions. She won silver medals in the World Wushu Championships of 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Pooja who hails from Beri Jhajhar of Haryana has been one of the top woman wushu sanshou figters of the country. She had earlier won silver medals on three occasions. She won silver medals in the World Wushu Championships of 2011, 2013 and 2015. She had also won bronze medal in the World Cup Wushu Championship 2016. The sanshou fighter had also won 2 bronze medals in Asian Wushu Championships of 2012 and 2016 editions.
Pooja started to learn wushu in 2005 from coach Parveen. She missed the chances of winning gold medals on three occasions and had to wait for 8 years to become a world champion. She had to beat competitors from Korea and Egypt before meeting her Russian opponent in the final. Strong Pooja defeated Evgeniya Stepanova of Russia in the final and became the first ever Indian to win a gold medal in senior level of World Wushu Championships.
India produced first ever three champions in World Junior and Asian Junior Wushu Championships. The latest achievement of Pooja in Senior World Wushu Championships will further boost wushu in the country.
Besides her, four other Indians also won four bronze medals in sanshou events. Moirangthem Rameshchandra won a bronze medal in the men’s sanda 48kg category. Bhanu Pratap Singh in the men’s sanda 60kg category also won bronze medal. India’s medal kitty increased as Rajinder Singh won a bronze medal in the men’s 90kg category. Rajinder beat Bozigit Ataev of Russia before losing to Milad Arefi of Iran by 1-2 in the semi final to settle for a bronze medal.
India’s another bronze medal came from Arunpama Keisham. The 12th South Asian Games, 2016 gold medalist won the bronze medal for India in women’s sanda 65kg category after beating Pricilla Staubli of Switzerland by 2-0 in the last-eight clash.
It may be mentioned that wushu in India has been developing fast. India showed its sign of its presence as a strong nation in wushu in recent times. With already Asian Games medalists in wushu, India has been able to produce several champions in recent times. India could show its might when Jason Yengkhom claimed a gold medal in boy’s 52kg sanshou event at the 6th World Junior Wushu Championships 2016 held at Burgas in Bulgaria. India could add historic moments when Naorem Roshibina and Vikrant Maliyan won gold medals in Junior Asian Wushu Championships 2017. The latest achievement of Pooja will further boost wushu in India.