Praveen Kumar becomes first Indian man to clinch gold in Wushu World Championship

  • Praveen Kumar on Wednesday became the first Indian man to win a wushu World Championships gold, beating Russel Diaz of Philippines in the 48kg category.

  • The Indian saw off his Filipino opponent 2-1 in the men's sanda event of the 15th World Wushu Championships.

  • Praveen had earlier defeated Uzbekistan's Khasan Ikromov 2-0 in the semi-final on Tuesday to set up the summit clash with Diaz.

Shanghai: Praveen Kumar on Wednesday became the first Indian man to win a wushu World Championships gold, beating Russel Diaz of Philippines in the 48kg category.

 Praveen Kumar becomes first Indian man to clinch gold in Wushu World Championship

Praveen Kumar celebrates after winning gold in the wushu World Championship. Twitter @Media_SAI

The Indian saw off his Filipino opponent 2-1 in the men's sanda event of the 15th World Wushu Championships. Praveen had earlier defeated Uzbekistan's Khasan Ikromov 2-0 in the semi-final on Tuesday to set up the summit clash with Diaz.

In 2017, Pooja Kadian became the first Indian to be crowned world champion in wushu after she defeated Evgeniya Stepanova of Russia in the women's 75 kg sanda event.

Wushu sanda is a martial art that combines full-contact kickboxing, including close-range punches and kicks, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps and kick catches.

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Updated Date: Oct 23, 2019 15:35:01 IST


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