Patiala: Tarntarn wrestler Navjot Kaur won the gold medal at wrestling’s Senior Asian Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Friday.
Navjot, 28, became the first-ever Indian woman wrestler to win gold at the Asian Championships. She outclassed Japan’s Myu Imai 9-1 in the final of the 65kg freestyle category.
Not just me, she has made the entire village proud,” her father Sukhchain Singh said. A farmer from Bagrian village in Tarn Taran, he encouraged his two daughters to take up wrestling, despite uncharitable comments from fellow villagers.
Sadly, Navjot did not get much encouragement from the Punjab Government. After a long wait, she joined the Indian Railways as a senior clerk about three years ago. She is posted in Amritsar.
Navjot began her training as a wrestler when she was in Class VI. Her elder sister, Navjeet, had to give up wrestling owing to an injury. Navjot studied in Guru Arjan Dev school in Tarn Taran and DAV College, Amritsar.
Having won a bronze in the Commonwealth Games, she sustained an injury (slipped disc) the same year in 2014. She missed the 2016 Rio Olympics. After rehabilitation, she moved from the 67kg to the 65kg category but suffered a setback in December last year when she was beaten in the trials for India’s team for the April Commonwealth Games.
“It is the greatest day of my career… I achieved nothing in the past four years. I now want to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Navjot.