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Wrestler Priya Malik won gold medal in World Cadet Wrestling Championship not at Tokyo Olympics

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

The 2020 summer Tokyo Olympics started off on Friday, 23 July.  Mirabai Chanu won India’s first medal in the women’s weightlifting category. Now, it is being claimed by several users on social media that wrestler Priya Malik won the second medal for India in the Tokyo Olympics.

However, Facto News found that India since the first day of the Tokyo Olympics bagged only one medal. Therefore, the claim of Priya Malik winning the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics is false. Several users even used the wrong photo while congratulating her.

Actor Milind Sonam claimed the same and thanked Priya Malik in a tweet. The caption along the post reads: “Thank you PriyaMalik#gold#TokoyoOlympics #wrestling welcome to Mt Olympus”. 

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

Gosalwad Parshuram also made the same claim. The caption along the post reads: “Another day, another win. Congratulations, #Priya_Malik. We are proud of you.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

A Twitter handle by the name ABP LIVE congratulated her for the right event, however, used the wrong photo.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

Multiple Twitter users have made the same claim. An archived version of the same can be accessed here, here, here, and here.

FactO Check: 

Wrestler Priya Malik is not a part of the Indian contingent in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020, however, she did win a gold medal in the 73 kg category at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship 2021 in Budapest. Some of the users also used the image of wrestler Sonam Malik while congratulating Priya Malik.

Many celebrities mistook the World Cadet Wrestling Championship with Tokyo Olympics. However, most of them corrected themselves as soon as they realized the mistake.

Priya Malik, Tannu, and Komal have won gold medals in the ongoing World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary. Priya Malik won the final against Kseniya Patapovich by a score of 5-0 in the 73 kg category.

Priya Malik comes from the Mokhra village of Haryana. Sonam Malik is also an Indian wrestler from Sonipat, Haryana.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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