Manipur’s Linthoi Chanambam scripts history; Becomes India’s first ever Judo World Champion

Sarajevo: 15-year-old Linthoi Chanambam of Manipur has scripted history by winning the first ever gold medal for India at the World Cadet Championships 2022 held in Sarajevo. A total of 60 countries and 484 athletes are competing at the World Judo Cadets Championships in Sarajevo, with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Judoka Linthoi Chanambam who is also part of the Indian government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) beneficiaries, won against Bianca Reis of Brazil 1-0 in Women’s 57 Kg category category at the World Judo Cadet (U18) Championships on Friday evening.

Linthoi Chanambam’s win marks India’s first ever gold across any age group and gender at the Judo World Championship.

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Anuragh Thakur, Union Minister for I&B and Youth Affairs & Sports took to twitter and said, “Our athletes are making a historic mark at the World Stage At 15, Linthoi Chanambam our #TOPSAthlete (Development)scripts history to become the 1st ever World Champion from India Judoka Linthoi bagged GOLD medal in women’s 57kg at the World Cadet Championships 2022. Keep rising.”

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh also took to Facebook and congratulated Linthoi, “Manipur’s Linthoi Chanambam became the first Indian to take home the Gold medal at the World Cadet Judo Championship in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Wonderful achievement! Heartiest congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours.”

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