Divya Kakran

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Bharat Kesari 2018
Divya Kakran
Personal information
Nickname(s) Divya
Nationality Indian
Citizenship India
Born Purbaliyan, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Prdesh
Residence Delhi
Alma mater Noida College of Physical Education
Occupation Sports
Years active 2008-Present
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Other interests Wrestling
Country India
Sport Wrestling
Team Indian Wrestling Federation
Coached by Vikram 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, as well as the Bharat Kesari title eight times.[1] She has been vocal about being disappointed at not receiving 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 in the Sain Community of Purbaliyan Village. Her Father, Suraj Kakran, sold Langots (लंगोट[3]), which her mother sewed at home.[4][5]

Kakran studied Physical Education and Sports Sciences or (BPES) at the Noida College of Physical Education in Dadri, India.[1]


2017 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships[edit]

Kakran won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Championship held in South Johannesburg, Africa in December 2017.[6]

2017 Asian Wrestling Championships[edit]

Kakran won a silver medal in the Women's freestyle 69 kg event at the 2017 Asian Wrestling Championships in India.[7][8]

2018 Bharat Kesri Dangal 23 March 2018[edit]

Kakran won the Bharat Kesri 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[edit]

Kakran won a bronze medal in the Women's freestyle 68 kg event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta Palembang beating Taipei's Chen Wenling on account of Technical superiority.[9]

Title Weight Class Medal Place
Dec-2017 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship (68 kg) Gold Johannesburg, South Africa
Nov-2017 Senior National Championship[6] [10] (68 kg) Gold India
Nov-2017 All India University Championship[5] (68 kg) Gold India
Jul-2017 Asian Wrestling Championship[6][11] (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. ^ "लंगोट". विकिपीडिया (in Hindi). 2018-02-03.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ a b "Wrestling Nationals: With father selling langots outside stadium, Divya Kakran wins gold". The Indian Express. 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "2017 Asian Wrestling Championships". Wikipedia. 2017-10-13.
  8. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  9. ^ "Asian Games 2018 Live Update Day 3: Divya Kakran Wins Wrestling Bronze, Virdhawal Khade Misses Out on Swimming Medal". news18. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Divya Kakran Won Gold At Wrestling Nationals While Her Father Sold Langots Outside Stadium". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  11. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  12. ^ Debvrat, Kumar. "2018 Asian Games: Delhi wrestler Divya Kakran wins bronze", 'DBPOST. 22 Aug 2018. Archived from the original on 22 Aug 2018. Retrieved on 22 Aug 2018.

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