Sakshi, Vinesh, Divya storm into the Finals of Asian Wrestling Championship; Ritu to play for Bronze

Wonder Women of Indian wrestling – Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and teenager Divya Kakran stormed into the Finals of Asian Wrestling Championship 2017 in New Delhi.

Rio Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi Malik entered the finals of Women’s 60kg Freestyle category by defeating Kazakhstan wrestler in a one-sided encounter by 15-3 in the semi-finals.

Sakshi, who won Olympic medal in 58kg category, is playing in 60kg category now as she was found to be overweight for that weight category post marriage. She will take on Japan’s Risako Kawai in the Gold medal match.

Vinesh Phogat (55kg), playing her first match after Olympics, defeated Qi Zhang of China 4-0 to enter the summit clash.

Vinesh was seriously injured during her quarter-finals match in Rio Olympics against a Chinese grappler. This is her first tournament since then.

Vinesh will also play a Japanese grappler – Sae Nanjo for the gold medal.

In the Women’s 69kg category, 19-years old Divya Kakran entered the finals by with a stunning 12-4 win over Korean wrestler in the semis.

Divya, who had won Asian Cadet gold couple of years back, is famous for beating her male counterparts in dangals.

She, too, will play a Japanese – Sara Dosho for the gold.

However in women’s 48kg category, Ritu failed to make finals after being beaten by a Japanese grappler in the semi-finals. She will now face China’s Yanan Sun for bronze. Yanan Sun is the same wrestler against whom Vinesh got injured in Olympics and was applauded for her sportsmanship by the Indian fans.

So far India has won 3 medals in the ongoing Asian Championships – one on the first day by Harpreet Singh and two on second day by Anil Kumar and Jyoti.


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