Sakshi Malik: Wrestler Sakshi Malik, who is back in rhythm, almost clinched the gold medal in the UWW Ranking Series event here on Friday on the back of her fearless and aggressive game. This is his first international gold medal in five years.
Medal won in Rio Olympics
Apart from Rio Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi, India’s Mansi (57kg) and Divya Kakran (68kg) also secured the first place here. Pooja won the bronze medal in the 76kg category. Sakshi, who was struggling ahead of the recent trials for the Commonwealth Games, made a spectacular comeback at the international level from this event.
Sakshi’s great comeback
Sakshi started off with a technical superiority win over Kazakhstan’s Irina Kuznetsova and then registered a massive 9-3 win over Uzbekistan’s Rushana Abdirasulova. After this Tserenchimed Sukhi of Mongolia withdrew from the semi-final match. Sakshi defeated the domestic wrestler for the second time in the day, defeating Kuznetsova 7-4 in the final. Sakshi last won gold at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships. He won two bronze medals at the Asian Championships in 2020 and 2022.
Mansi also got gold medal
Mansi (57kg) also won the gold medal. She won her last match against Kazakhstan’s Emma Tsina 3-0. Divya won her two matches by ‘heading’ the opponent. She lost 10-14 to Bolortunglag Zorigat of Mongolia in the final bout of the 68kg category after defeating Mongolia’s Delgarma Enkhsaikhan and Kazakhstan’s Albina Kargeldinova.
Jorigut’s campaign also ended with two wins and one defeat. Although Divya had won by a huge margin, she was declared the winner. India has won five medals so far. Greco-Roman wrestler Neeraj won the bronze medal in the 63kg category on Thursday.