Antim Panghal is an Indian wrestler. She is the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the U-20 wrestling world championship. In 2023, she bagged a bronze medal at the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China, and a bronze medal at the 19th edition of the Asian Wrestling Championships held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Antim Panghal was born on Tuesday, 31 August 2004 (age 19 years; as of 2024) in Bhagana, Hisar, Haryana. Her zodiac sign is Virgo.
Height (approx.): 5′ 2″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Figure Measurements (approx.): 34-30-35
Parents & Siblings
Antim’s father’s name is Ramniwas Panghal, and her mother’s name is Krishna Kumari.
She has three elder sisters, Sarita, Meenu, and Nisha, and a younger brother, Arpit. Her sister Sarita Panghal is a national-level kabaddi player.
Antim Panghal is unmarried.
In 2018, Antim Panghal won the 49kg U-15 national wrestling championship held in Patna. She then went on to win a bronze medal in the same year at the Asian Wrestling Championship in the U-15 category held in Japan. In 2020, Antim defeated competitors much older than herself to win the gold medal at the 2020 Junior Asian Championship and the silver medal at the U-23 Asian Championship. In 2021, she bagged a bronze medal at the World Cadets Championship in the 53 kg event held in Budapest, Hungary. In July 2022, she bagged her first gold medal by defeating USA’s Dominique Parrish in the senior category at the Zouhaier Sghaier Ranking Series in the women’s 53kg event held in Tunis, Tunisia. In August 2022, she bagged a gold medal at the U-20 World Wrestling Championships held in Sofia, Bulgaria, and became the first Indian to win the title in the competition’s history.
In the same year, she bagged a gold medal in the 53 kg event at the Asian U20 Championship held in Manama, Bahrain. She then bagged a gold medal at the 45th edition of the World Junior Wrestling Championships which was held in Amman, Jordan. Later, she stood as the runner-up in the 53 kg event at the Asian U23 Championship held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In April 2023, she bagged a silver medal at the 19th edition of the Asian Wrestling Championships that took place in Astana, Kazakhstan. In September 2023, she made her debut at the Asian Games, where she bagged a bronze medal at the 2022 Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China.
History made by Antim Phangal! 🥉
In her debut #AsianGames, she clinches bronze, defeating Tokyo Olympics Bronze medalist Bat-Ochir Bolortuya.
— nnis (@nnis_sports) October 5, 2023
In September 2023, she made her debut at the World Wrestling Championships organised by United World Wrestling (UWW) in Belgrade, Serbia, where she secured a bronze medal by defeating Sweden’s Jonna Malmgren, a two-time European champion. This win at the World Wrestling Championships secured her a quota for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.
Antim ANTIM (UWW) wins a 🌎🥉 and is headed to the Paris Olympic Games!
— United World Wrestling (@wrestling) September 21, 2023
Challenged the decision of the ad-hoc panel
In July 2023, Antim challenged the decision of the ad-hoc panel to grant direct entry to Vinesh Phogat in the 53kg event of the 2022 Asian Games and raised questions about the fairness and transparency of the selection process in a petition to the Delhi High Court. In an interview, she raised questions about the criteria for selection and said,
I won the trial fair and square. Why should I be the standby player in 53kg. My petition has been dismissed but I won’t stop, I will keep fighting, we will move the Supreme Court. If she keeps getting direct entries like this, how will one know how good we are? We will keep trying. My coach will decide what we are going to do next but the fight will continue. What’s the point of me winning three bouts? I know she is pretty good and has many medals but she must fight against us in the trials.” The Times of India
"I will appeal to Supreme Court." said Antim Panghal
— nnis (@nnis_sports) July 22, 2023
- Antim’s name in the English language translates to “last” or “final” as she was the last girl born into the Panghal family.
- Antim developed an interest in wrestling when she was just 10 years old after her sister Sarita Panghal took her to see a wrestling competition organised at the Mahavir Stadium, Hisar, Haryana. Her father, Ram Niwas, was initially not sure about Antim pursuing a career in wrestling, but he eventually started supporting her after Antim’s coach Roshni Devi kept insisting on him.
- Antim, in the initial phase of her training, would commute 20 km every day to the Mahavir Stadium in Hisar along with, her sister Sarita and father, Ram Niwas. Her father later arranged for her to shift to Hisar to avoid the commute. Later, her whole family moved to Hisar. Her father, in an interview, mentioned that he built a house with a cattle shed especially for Antim’s diet needs. He said,
The buffaloes were non-negotiable. If my daughter had to wrestle, she had to get the best diet and I didn’t trust the milk you get in cities.”
- In September 2023, Antim competed as a neutral athlete in the World Wrestling Championships organised by United World Wrestling (UWW) in Belgrade, Serbia, and not under the Indian Flag due to the suspension of WFI by UWW. Later, in an interview, Antim expressed her disappointment about not being able to play under the Indian Flag and said,
- In 2023, she won the selection trials for the 2022 Asian Games, but despite that, she was not selected to represent India since Vinesh Phogat had been granted direct entry for the women’s 53kg category at the continental meet by the federation. Nevertheless, Antim Panghal, who was Vinesh’s backup, got a chance to represent India at the Asian Games in Hangzhou due to a last-minute injury to Vinesh, and she went on to win the bronze medal.
- In December 2023, Antim Panghal was named the women’s Rising Star of the Year 2023 by United World Wrestling (UWW), the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling.
- In December 2023, she was confirmed as one of the recipients of the Arjuna Award for her excellence in wrestling. Hindustan Times