India's Manju Kumari clinched the bronze medal in the women's 59kg category of the Junior World Wrestling Championship in Tampere, Finland on Thursday. Manju registered a 2-0 win over Ukrainian Ilona Prokopevniuk in her bronze medal play-off bout which helped her to find a place on the podium.
Manju started off her winning movement with a 5-1 victory over Bulgaria's Aleksandrina Nikolaeva Kashinova in the 1/8 stage before she was outclassed 0-10 by Japan's Yuzuru Kumano in her quarterfinal round.
However, with the Japanese girl advancing to the final of 59kg, Manju got another life in the form of repechage and she did not waste the opportunity. She beat Tianna Grace Kennett of Canada 4-0 to storm into the bronze-medal play-offs.
Meanwhile, Divya Tomar (44 kg), Nandini Salokhe (51 kg) and Pooja Devi (67 kg) failed to make it to the medal round.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag encouraged Manju and congratulated her for the medal.
Many congratulations Manju Kumari for winning bronze in Junior World Wrestling Championship in Tampere .The whole country is proud of you ! pic.twitter.com/ymHZWgn8gL— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 3, 2017
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