India’s Pooja Kadian, on Wednesday, clinched her country’s first ever gold medal at Kazan in the 75 kilogram women’s sanda category, beating Russia’s Evgeniya Stepanova in the final. Kadian entered the final beating Egypt’s Heba Abdelkader 2-0 in her last-four match.
Rameshchandra Singh Moirangthem (men’s sanda 48 kg), Bhanu Pratap Singh (men’s sanda 60 kg) and Rajinder Singh (men’s 90 kg) claimed bronze medals.
In the women’s section, Arunpama Devi Keisham joined Pooja among the medal winners by claiming bronze in 65 kg sanda category.
Rajinder Singh’s progressed to the semi-finals after defeating Russia’s Bozigit Ataev 2-1 before going down 1-2 to eventual gold-medallist, Iran’s Milad Arefi. Rameshchandra Singh came within touching distance of reaching the final. His semi-final match with China’s Wang Yongjie finished 0-0 but the latter was awarded a technical victory. Yongjie then went on to win the gold medal. Keisham defeated Switzerland’s Pricilla Staubli 2-0 in her last-eight encounter.
China currently lead the medal tally by some distance, and have 15 gold medals in their kitty so far. Iran are placed second and have collected eight gold medals so far.
India sent a 16-member squad along with four coaches to the World Wushu Championships, Kazan.
Taolu team- Men: Gyandash Singh, Anjul Namdeo, Chirag Sharma, Aditya, Sajan Lama; Women: Bidyashwori Chanu, Toshibala, Sanatombi Chanu
Sanda team- Women: Santhoi Devi, Arunpama Devi, Pooja Kadian; Men : Ramesh, Uchit, Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh, Rajinder Singh.
Know the Sport :
Wushu, also commonly referred to as Kung-fu, is a traditional Chinese martial art and a contact sport.
It was introduced in India in 1989. Wushu has two categories- Sanda and Taolu.
Wushu World Championship is held every two years. The first edition was organized in 1991.
The 2017 World Wushu Championships took place from 26th September to 4th October, in Kazan city of Russia.