On a day when a lot was expected from Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik and Ritu Phogat, the Indian Women’s wrestlers could not assure themselves of a medal but 3 of them made it to the repechage at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The Women Wrestlers featured in the 50kg, 53kg, 57kg, 62kg category. All the wrestlers except Pinki (53kg) managed to make it to the quarter finals but couldn’t progress beyond that. Sakshi Malik's, Ritu Phogat's and Pooja Dhanda's fate now hinges on the repachage rounds.
Earlier Pooja Dhanda (57kg) made a heady start against the 14th seeded Olga Khoroshavtseva of Russia and won the bout easily by 10-4. The second round bout against her Nigerian opponent Odunayo Adekuoroye went down to the wire and the Indian scraped through in the last 5 seconds to win it 7-6. However, in the quarter final she could not repeat that and was comprehensively taken down at 4-3 and the match ended within the first half. She is now in contention for the Bronze Medal repechages.
Ritu Phogat (50kg) looked impressive in her first bout where she knocked down the Vietnam wrestler Thi Xuan Nguyen in 3 minutes and moved to the quarter finals with a technical superiority of 10-0. But in the quarter final, she looked a completely different wrestler and surrendered before the Japanese Yui Susaki, who beat her 11-0 with technical superiority. She too is in the mix for repechage.
Pinki (53kg) got better of her Moldovan opponent Lulia Lleorda in the first round by technical superiority failed to match up with that performance in the 2nd round and bowed out 2-7 against the Polish wrestler.
Sakshi Malik (62kg), the Olympic bronze medalist, too succumbed to the onslaught in the quarterfinal against Japanese Yukako Kawai with a dismal 2-16 score line. She had won her Round of 16 bout against the Russian by 6-0. She too will have a crack at the bronze medal in the repechage round.
The day also featured repechage bouts for Bronze medal in Women’s 65kg and 72kg, where both Ritu Malik and Navjot Kaur failed to get on to the podium.
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