Guwahati: Assam athlete Monoj Leen Debnath won a silver medal in ‘D.1 Armwrestling China Open’ held in Shenzhen, China recently.
The 25-year-old Dibrugarh armwrestler went down to Russia’s Egor Leshtaev in the finals of the 63-kg senior men’s category.
Meanwhile, Russia bagged the gold medal while Japan won the bronze in the category.
Speaking with EastMojo, Debnath said, “It was my first international medal and I am so happy that I could win a silver for my country.”
“I would also like to thank my parents, my trainer Arup Rajkonwar from Dibrugarh and all well-wishers who have supported me the entire time,” he added.
“I have spent a lot of time in practising and preparing myself in the past three months. And I was very determined and focused for the championship. I didn’t even celebrate my last birthday which was on September 4,” Debnath added.
Altogether 32 countries took part in the event. Debnath won a total of six bouts against countries such as Korea, Japan, China, Ukraine and Hong Kong.
Currently ranked world No 2 in the 63-kg senior men’s category, Debnath will now prepare for Zloty Tur World Cup in Poland scheduled to be held in December this year.