Star grappler Sakshi Malik went down preventing within the closing of the 65 kg class to stay content material with a silver on the Asian Wrestling Championship being held on the KD Jadhav Wrestling Corridor in New Delhi on Friday, whereas Asian Video games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat received a bronze. Vinesh beat Vietnam’s Thi Ly Kiu 10-Zero by technical superiority within the bronze medal match within the 53kg class. Earlier, a defeat to Japanese Mayu Mukaida put her out of competition for the gold. Notably, Mukaida, who received silver on the 2019 wrestling World Championships, went on to lose her gold medal match.
Bronze medallist on the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sakshi was the one Indian to get by means of to the title spherical on Friday earlier than dropping a carefully fought 65kg closing to Naomi Ruike of Japan.
Sakshi was unable to execute an assault on her opponent’s legs within the second minute of the match which gave Ruike a possibility to steal two factors. Sakshi got here inside touching distance of overturning the deficit within the closing seconds of the bout, however Ruike held fort.
“I attempted to assault at first, however was not too profitable. I most likely ought to have been extra aggressive,” Sakshi stated after the bout.
“This event has been helpful for me to grasp the place I stand going into the Olympic qualifiers. I can not charge myself. The coaches will inform me the place I went mistaken and the way good or unhealthy I used to be,” she added.
Sakshi additionally admitted that she might have underestimated her opponent within the closing.
In the meantime, Gursharan Preet Kaur received a bronze with a 5-2 win over Mongolia’s Tsevegmed Enkhbayar. She had crushed Svetlana Oknazarova of Uzbekistan earlier within the day however her subsequent loss to Kazakhstan’s Zhamila Bakbergenova price her a spot within the closing.
Anshu Malik (18), additionally making her senior debut on the event, received bronze after beating Uzbekistan’s Sevara Eshmuratova 4-1.
Sonam (18), who beat Sakshi in trial earlier than the championships, was crushed within the 62kg bronze medal match by reigning world champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan.
Tynybekova’s superior expertise was on show as she gave the 18-year-old World Cadet champion no quarter and received 11-Zero by technical superiority. This was Sonam’s first senior look on the event.