Indian wrestlers Pinki and Sarita Nor won gold medals in their respective category at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Delhi to extend India’s tally to four golds, while Sarita Mor had to settle for silver at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium on Thursday. Also Read - Divya Kakran Becomes Second Indian Woman to Win Gold At Asian Wrestling Championships
Pinki overcame Mongolia’s Dulguun Bolormaa in the women’s 55 kg final 2-1, becoming only the third Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the history of the tournament, after Navjot Kaur in 2018 and Divya Kakran in the current edition. Soon after, Mor stuck gold beating Battsetseg Atlantsetseg of Mongolia 3-2. Also Read - Ashu, Aditya, Hardeep Win Bronze As Indian Wrestlers Bag 5 Medals From Greco-Roman In Asian Championships
Earlier in the day, in a stunning display of power wrestling, Divya won all four bouts in five-wrestler 68kg category, as the competition was fought in the round-robin format. In a depleted field in the absence of Chinese wrestlers and Japan not sending its best challengers, the Asian Games bronze medallist Divya began by routing Kazakhstan’s Albina Kairgelinova and then knocked out Mongolia’s Delgermaa Enkkhsaikhan. Also Read - Sunil Kumar Wins Gold In Asian Wrestling Championships, Breaks 27-Year Wait For India In Greco-Roman
23-year-old Sarita, competing in her first Asian event since winning a silver in 2017 in 58kg, won her first two bouts by technical superiority against Madina Bakbergenova (Kazkhstan) and Nazira MarsbekKyzy (Kyrgyzstan) before winning 10-3 against Japan’s Yuumi Kon.
Nirmala Devi settled for a silver medal after going down narrowly to Japan’s Miho Igarashi in the 50kg final. Nirmala, a 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, lost 2-3 to Igarashi in the summit clash. The Haryana wrestler had defeated Mongolia’s Munkhnar Byambasuren 6-4 and Uzbeskitan’s Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova by technical superiority in the earlier rounds.