Praveen Kumar clinches gold in Wushu World Championship

Praveen Kumar made history by becoming the first Indian man to win a gold medal at the Wushu World Championships, on Wednesday.

Praveen Kumar defeated Philippines' Russel Diaz to win the gold medal in the 48kg category at the Wushu World Championships on Wednesday.   -  Twitter @kuldeep_handoo

Praveen Kumar made history on Wednesday as he became the first Indian man to win a gold medal at the Wushu World Championships. Praveen's phenomenal feat came after he defeated Philippines' Russel Diaz in the 48kg category.

The Indian saw off his Filipino opponent 2-1 in the men’s sanda event of the 15th World Wushu Championships held in Shanghai. He had earlier defeated Uzbekistan’s Khasan Ikromov 2-0 in the semifinal on Tuesday to set up the summit clash with Diaz.

In 2017, Pooja Kadian became the first Indian to be crowned world champion in wushu after she defeated Evgeniya Stepanova of Russia in the women’s 75 kg sanda event.

Wushu sanda is a martial art which combines full-contact kickboxing, including close range punches and kicks, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps and kick catches.