Linthoi Chanambam, a 15-year-old judoka from Manipur, has just etched her name in the history books, as the youngster clinched a gold at the World Cadet Judo Championship, becoming the first from the country to secure a medal at the event.
The teenage prodigy, who is coming from another gold medal finish in 63kg category at the Asian Cadet & Junior Judo Championship 2022 in Bangkok last month, outperformed Bianca Reis of Brazil in the women’s 57kg summit clash at the Arena Hotel Hills in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday.
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“I really don’t have the words and cannot explain how I am feeling right now. I only know that I’m very happy with this victory, and I hope to build on this,” Chanambam said following her incredible performance at the Championships. [H/T Scroll.in]
Chanambam has been a member of the Indian Inspire Institute’s Judo Program since 2017, and has been on exposure trips in Japan, Georgia and recently in Bosnia and Herzegovina ahead of the Championships, under the mentorship of Head Coach Mamuka Kizilashvili.
In 2018, the judoka reached national fame after bagging gold at the Sub-junior National Championships and in November last year, secure gold once again at the National Championships in Chandigarh.
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