Reetika wins U23 world title, Jyoti also reaches gold medal round

NewsDrum Desk
27 Oct 2023
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Tirana (Albania), Oct 27 (PTI) Reetika Hooda became only the second Indian and first woman wrestler from the country to become the U-23 World Champion with her title triumph in the 76kg event while Jyoti Berwal got herself in contention to join the champions list by reaching the 72kg gold medal bout.


Reetika, who is making a transition from junior to senior circuit, beat American Kennedy Alexis Blades 9-2 in the final.

Reetika, who trains at Chhotu Ram Akhara in Rohtak, had last year won U-20 World Championship and senior Asian Championship bronze medals in April this year.

Men's free-style wrestler Aman Sehrawat (57kg) had become the first Indian to become U-23 World champion last year.


In the women's 72kg event, Jyoti began with a crushing 9-0 win over Ukraine's Ityna Zablotska in the quarter-finals and followed that up with an impressive 7-0 victory over Turkey's Bukrenaz Sert.

In the final, she is up against 19-year American Amit Elor, who is also yet to concede a point in the championship.

Three Indians are in bronze medal contention.

Reena will fight for 57kg bronze against Canada's Mia Katherine Friesen while Bhagyashree Hanumant Fand (62kg) will take on Irina Kuznetsova of Kazakhstan.

Monika (65kg) is set to clash with American Macey Ellen Kilty. PTI AT AT KHS KHS