Divya Kakran

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Divya Kakran
Personal information
Native nameदिव्या काकरान
BornPurbaliyan, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Prdesh
Alma materNoida College of Physical Education
Years active2008-Present
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Other interestsWrestling
TeamIndian Wrestling Federation
Coached byVikram Kumar Sonkar (Guru Premnath Akhara, Delhi)

Divya Kakran (born 1998) is a freestyle wrestler from India. Divya has won 60 medals, including 17 gold medals in the Delhi State Championship, and has won the Bharat Kesari title eight times.[1] She has been vocal about being disappointed by the lack of support from the government of Delhi in her pursuit for a medal at the Asian Games in 2018, despite writing to the government about her poor financial background.[2]

Personal life and family[edit]

Divya Kakran hails from North Delhi and belongs to a middle-class family from Purbaliyan village. Her father, Suraj Kakran, sold Langots for livelihood, which her mother sewed at home.[3][4] Kakran studied Physical Education and Sports Sciences (BPES) at the Noida College of Physical Education in Dadri, India.[1]

Wrestling career[edit]

  • 2017 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships - Kakran won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Championship held in South Johannesburg, Africa in December 2017.[5]
  • 2017 Asian Wrestling Championships - Kakran won a silver medal in the women's freestyle 69 kg event at the 2017 Asian Wrestling Championships in India.[6]
  • 2018 Bharat Kesri Dangal 23 March 2018 - Kakran won the Bharat Kesari title, held in Bhiwani, Haryana, India. In the final match of the competition, Kakran defeated Ritu Malik. Before this final match, Kakran defeated the international champion Geeta Phogat, who was famous enough to be portrayed in the movie Dangal.
  • 2018 Asian Games Jakarta Palembang - Kakran won a bronze medal in the women's freestyle 68 kg event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, beating Taipei's Chen Wenling on account of technical superiority.[7]


Representing India
Year Competition Weight Class Medal Venue
2018 Commonwealth Games 68 kg Bronze
2018 Asian Games 68 kg Bronze Jakarta, Palembang
2017 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship 68 kg Gold Johannesburg, South Africa
2017 Senior National Championship[5][8] 68 kg Gold India
2017 All India University Championship[4] 68 kg Gold India
2017 Asian Wrestling Championship[5][9] 68 kg Silver New Delhi, India


  1. ^ a b "दिव्या ने पिता को दिया उपहार, जीता स्वर्ण". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  2. ^ "Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran lambastes Arvind Kejriwal, says got no help from Delhi government". Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  3. ^ "स्टेडियम के बाहर पिता बेच रहे थे लंगोट, बेटी ने जीत लिया गोल्ड मेडल, पढ़े इस खिलाड़ी की कहानी". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  4. ^ a b "Wrestling Nationals: With father selling langots outside stadium, Divya Kakran wins gold". The Indian Express. 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  5. ^ a b c "Commonwealth Games 2018: With talent on her side, Divya Kakran will aim to wrestle her way to gold - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  6. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  7. ^ "Asian Games 2018 Live Update Day 3: Divya Kakran Wins Wrestling Bronze, Virdhawal Khade Misses Out on Swimming Medal". news18. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Divya Kakran Won Gold At Wrestling Nationals While Her Father Sold Langots Outside Stadium". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  9. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2018-03-23.

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