Bengaluru, July 14: 1st ever gold medal for India in the World Karate Championship 2017- brought by Twelve-year-old M.P. Jagruth which was held in Croatia. He outperformed representatives from 40 countries. Expressing his gratitude, he said that “I am very happy with my performance.”
“I am very happy with my performance. My aim is to win a gold medal at the 2024 Olympics,” said Jagruth, who has been learning karate for six years.
The class VI student of Indian Public School participated in the Under-12 category. He won gold in the solo event (Kata Male) and silver in the Kumite (freestyle fight).
“This is the first ever gold medal for India in the world karate championship,” said M.G. Prasad, Jagruth’s father and coach. Prasad said his son was a dedicated player who wakes up at 5.30 a.m. daily and practices for an hour before leaving for school. He resumes practice after coming back. “He practices for three hours daily on weekdays and close to five hours on weekends,” Prasad said.
“It is very difficult for a player to compete in both the categories. To reach the finals, Jagruth had to clear five rounds. The final matches were very tough as both events were back to back. There was only a time gap of 2-3 minutes between the finals of Kata and Kumite,” said Prasad.
Jagruth has won numerous medals before, including a bronze at in World Karate Cup-2016, a gold medal at the Karate Commonwealth Games in 2015, and silver at the Asia-Pacific Championship in 2014.