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Asian Wrestling C'ship: Sakshi clinches silver, three other Indians bag bronze

Asian Wrestling C'ship: Sakshi clinches silver,  three other Indians bag bronze

New Delhi, Feb 21 (UNI) Indian grappler Sakshi Malik clinched the silver medal while Vinesh Phogat, Anshu and Gursharan Preet Kaur bagged a bronze medal each on Day 4 of the Asian Wrestling Championships, here on Friday.

Rio Olympic bronze medallist, Sakshi Malik(65Kg) put up a resilient fight against Japan’s Naomi Ruike in her medal bout which went down to the wire but it was the Japanese grappler who prevailed by a narrow margin of 2-0.

Sakshi bettered her performance from a bronze medal last year to a silver medal this year of the Asian Championships.

Speaking after the game, Sakshi said, “ I played better against her in the final than during group stage. I tried in the end but couldn't capitalize".

Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist, Vinesh Phogat (53Kg) had to settle for a bronze medal defeating 2019 South East Asian Games Gold medallist Thi Ly Kieu of Vietnam by a scoreline of 10-0.

“I'm striving hard to keep improving as there is no end to bettering oneself. I think I'm getting better. I have lost twice before against her without getting on the board. Today's bout was better. These things take time but I'm confident of improving,” said Vinesh.

Anshu Malik (57Kg) ensured a podium finish from her first Asian Championship winning a bronze medal defeating Uzbekistan’s Sevara Eshmuratova with a scoreline of 4-1 .

In the 62Kg category, India’s Sonam had to face disappointment as she lost her bronze medal bout to World No 1 and 2019 World Champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan by 0-11.

In the last Bronze medal bout for team India, Gursharan Preet Kaur(72Kg) capped off an eventful night by successfully overcoming Mongolia’s Tsevegmed Enkhbayar by 5-2.


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