Pooja Dhanda has opened up on her preparations and plans for 2020 Olympics wherein she will gun for gold after claiming bronze in World Wrestling Championships at the Budapest Sports Arena. Pooja attained bronze in women’s freestyle 57kg category at the World Wrestling Championships which concluded in October.
Following her bronze, Pooja shared her thoughts standing on the podium. “When I was on the victory stand, I started to imagine myself doing the same thing at the 2020 Olympics with a medal of a better color. My mind was focused on the Olympics because I got through such a tough draw (at the Worlds) with a medal. Yeh kiya, toh Olympic medal utna bhi door nahin. Medal nikaal ke la sakte hai.”
The 24-year-old draws confidence after becoming only the fourth Indian woman grappler to win a bronze at the World Championship. Indeed, her pool for the competition in Budapest included a host of Olympics and World Championship medallists. Pooja, however, had done her homework. Armed with a stronger leg-defense technique, she was destined to pull off a few memorable victories up her sleeves. “After the Asian Games, my leg defense was a weakness that had been exposed. I lost most of my points because of that. So my preparation for the World Championship was mostly on countering leg attacks," she signed off.
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