In a dramatic comeback from injury after eight months, Vinesh Phogat on Friday won the silver medal in the Asian Wrestling Championships.

She lost 8-4 to Sae Nanjo of Japan in the 55-kg freestyle final.

In her comeback match, she fought hard but fell short to the Japanese player.

Nanjo kept reaching for Phogat’s leg to pin and topple her.

A huge takedown in the fifth minute by Phogat earned her a point. However, Phogat fell short and ended up in the losing side 8-4.

Sevara Eshmuratova of Uzbekistan was brushed aside in the semifinal as Phogat won by a 10-0 margin, courtesy a technical fall.

Also read: Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik storms into Asian Wrestling Championship final

Earlier, Rio Olympic bronze medalist wrestler Sakshi Malik has qualified for the final of the Asian Championship. It was the first tournament for her since the Rio Olympic.

Malik advanced to the final of the 60kg category with a comprehensive 15-3 win which ensures another silver medal for the hosts. The 24-year-old Indian defeated Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan.

She made a return to the amateur wrestling after breaking one year of hiatus. However, she didn’t face any difficult task at selection trails as she outclassed Manju Kumari 10-0 and qualified for the Asian Championships.