Paris 2024: Antim Panghal sets sights on Olympics glory in wrestling

Antim Panghal, at just 19 years old, is poised to make a significant impact at Paris 2024 in the 53 kg weight category, representing India with formidable wrestling prowess. Recognized as a potential medal contender, Panghal’s journey to the Olympic stage has been marked by determination and historical achievements. Born into a sporting family, Panghal was inspired by her elder sister, a kabaddi player, to pursue wrestling from the age of 10. Her early passion and dedication soon bore fruit when she became the first Indian woman to clinch gold at the World Junior Championships, a milestone that highlighted her exceptional talent on the mat.

In a candid interview with JioCinema’s ‘The Dreamers,’ Panghal reflected on her transformative moments in the sport. She acknowledged a pivotal setback at the 2022 Commonwealth Games trials, where a defeat spurred her to elevate her training regimen, subsequently leading to a remarkable string of victories. This included securing gold at the Junior World Championships and achieving silver at the 2023 Asian Championships, cementing her status as a force to be reckoned with in international wrestling.

Panghal’s resilience in the face of challenges has been a defining trait throughout her career. “If I lose a match, I don’t dwell on it,” she remarked. “I use it as motivation to improve and move forward.”

Looking forward to Paris 2024, Panghal aims to emulate the success of Sakshi Malik, India’s sole female Olympic wrestling medalist. With unwavering determination, she expressed her commitment to fulfilling the expectations of her nation. “When I set a goal, I ensure it is achieved,” she affirmed, underlining her steadfast focus on Olympic glory.

Antim Panghal’s journey exemplifies the spirit of perseverance and determination that defines India’s rising stars in global sports arenas. As she prepares to make her mark on the Olympic stage in Paris, all eyes will be on Panghal as she strives to etch her name in India’s sporting history once again. For more inspiring stories of India’s Olympic hopefuls, tune in to ‘The Dreamers,’ featuring athletes like PV Sindhu, Nikhat Zareen, and the Indian men’s hockey team, exclusively on JioCinema.

Published By:

Saurabh Kumar

Published On:

Jul 9, 2024

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