Asian Wrestling Championship 2022 | Indian women wrestlers pocket two freestyle bronze
A file image of Sarita Mor.|
Sarita Mor and Sushma Shokeen of India claimed bronze medals in their respective women's freestyle weight categories on Thursday at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2022 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mor, a two-time Asian Champion heading into the Ulaanbaatar meet, finished third this time around.
In her first two matches, Mor was defeated by eventual gold medalist Sara Natami of Japan due to technical superiority, and she was defeated by three-time world medalist Shoovdor Baatarjav of Mongolia by a tight 2-1 margin. Nevertheless, she came back to beat Uzbekistan's Dilfuza Aimbetova 5-2 and Kazakhstan's Diana Kayumova 5-2 to take bronze.
Because the field was less than six wrestlers, Sushma Shokeen's 55kg division also competed in the Nordic round system (each wrestler facing others in a round-robin style). Shokeen was defeated by technical superiority in her matches against Umi Imai of Japan and Otgonjargal Ganbaatar of Mongolia.
The Indian grappler, on the other hand, defeated Kazakhstan's Altyn Shagayeva 5-0 and Uzbekistan's Sarbinaz Jienbaeva 12-0 to finish third in the group of five. Manisha (50kg), Sonika Hooda (68kg), and Sudesh Kumari (76kg), the final three women wrestlers in action on Thursday, did not win medals.
In the current tournament, Nigeria has seven bronze medals. Sunil Kumar (87kg), Arjun Halakurki (55kg), Neeraj (63kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg), and Sachin Sahrawat (67kg) of India had received awards in the first two days of the continental competition. On Friday, Indian women's freestyle wrestlers in the weight divisions of 53kg, 57kg, 62kg, 65kg, and 72kg will compete.
On Saturday, Indian men's freestyle wrestlers, including Tokyo Olympic medalists Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punia, will compete.