Sakshi Malik settles for silver at Asian Wrestling Championship

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Sakshi Malik (white singlet) settled for a silver medal in the 60kg category in the Asian Wrestling Championship .

NEW DELHI: Three Indian women wrestlers, including Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat, settled for a silver medal each in their respective weight categories at the Asian Wrestling Championship on May 12.
All the three Indians lost to their respective Japanese opponents, who proved to be too strong for them.
Ritu Phogat, meanwhile, bagged a bronze medal in women’s 48kg category without even fighting the bout as her opponent Sun Yanan of China opted out of the third-place play off after sustaining an injury.
While Sakshi (60kg) and Divya Kakran (69kg) failed to last the entire six minutes during their gold-medal bouts, Vinesh (55kg) put a good fight before going down.
Making a comeback to the international circuit after the Rio Olympics, Sakshi looked a little rusty when she faced Japan’s Risako Kawai in the women’s 60kg category gold medal bout as she went down to the Rio Games 63kg gold medalist 0-10 in just 2 minutes and 44 seconds.
Sakshi, who created history by becoming the first Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal last year, could not counter the challenge from the strong Japanese grappler.

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