India’s Linthoi Chanambam won the historic gold medal at the World Cadet Judo Championships. With this victory in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, she became the first judoka in the country to win a medal in any age group at the tournament. 15-year-old Chanambam from Manipur defeated Brazil’s Bianca Reus to claim the top position in the women’s 57kg category.
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Judoka Linthoi bagged GOLD medal in women’s 57kg at the World Cadet Championships 2022
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Linthoi Chanambam first Indian to win gold in World Judo Championship
India has not won many medals in martial arts at the world level apart from the Commonwealth level. But this 16-year-old Manipuri player has given the country hopes of a better future by winning the historic gold in the World Cadet Judo Championship. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) gave information about this spectacular victory of Linthoi Chanambam. In July, Linthoi opened India’s account by winning a gold medal in the 63kg category at the 2022 Asian Cadet and Junior Judo Championships in Bangkok.
First ever world championship medal for India! 🇮🇳🥇 Gold for Linthoi!
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Life has changed in the last 5 years – Linthoi Chanambam
After this tremendous victory, Linthoi said in a virtual media conference, “It feels wonderful. It’s a wonderful feeling. It feels as if I have done everything with my heart and the result is in front of you.” Linthoi Chanambam, referring to his journey in Judo so far, said, “I started Judo from 2014 and in October 2017 I joined Bellary. I attended Inspired Institute of Sports (IIS). There has been a lot of support from everyone in the last five years and my life has really changed.
Indian judoka Linthoi Chanambam makes history, clinches India first-ever gold at Cadet World Championships
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Linthoi Chanambam aims to win medal in Paris Olympics 2024
Now Linthoi is eyeing big tournaments, including the Paris Olympics 2024. On her plans and goals for the future, she said, “I will give my best to win a medal in Paris but if I can’t in Paris, then of course I can do it at the 2028 Olympics (Las Angels).”