India’s medal tally in the Asian Wrestling Championship at Doha saw two more additions yesterday, thanks to Sakshi Malik and Lalita Sherawat.
Five medals so far in the Asian Wrestling Championship
Sakshi Malik, who competed in the 60kg freestyle category for women, clinched a bronze in the event while Lalita Sherawat earned a bronze in the Women’s 55kg freestyle event. Elsewhere, Babita Kumari fell short in her journey towards a medal after losing out in the 53kg category.
Sakshi started off her campaign with a loss against Luo Xiaojuan of China. She came back strongly in the second round and defeated Munkhtuya Tungalag of Mongolia in a dominating manner. Sakshi’s hopes of getting a gold medal were destroyed in the next round when she bowed out to Japan’s Yoshimi Kayama.
She defeated Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan 8-1 in the bronze medal playoff and took home the medal.
Lalita, on the other hand, was defeated by Han Kum Ok of North Korea 3-9 in the semi-finals and eventually had to settle for a bronze.
Babita misses out
Babita had an impressive display in the opening rounds that saw her defeat Abdy Kadyrova Elsa of Kyrgyzstan and Zukhra Mustanova of Uzbekistan. However, she could not get past Pak Yong-Mi of North Korea in the semi-finals.
All hopes were resting on Babita’s shoulders in the bronze medal playoff but she got into a tough fight with Zhuldyz Eshimova-Turtbayeva of Kazakhstan. Babita lost the match 3-6 and missed out on the bronze.
In the 63kg category, India’s Aneeta had a similar fate as she was defeated by Mongolia’s Enkhbayar Tsevegmid in the bronze medal playoff.
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