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Sarita Mor defends gold in Asian wrestling championships

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New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Haryana’s Sarita Mor stamped her authority in the Asian Wrestling Championships in Almaty on Thursday by winning back-to-back titles in the women’s 59 kg.

The 25-year-old defending champion made a dramatic turn-around in the closing stages of the six-minute bout to score a thrilling 10-7 win over Mongolia’s Shoovdor Baatarjav.

Trailing 1-4 after the opening three minutes, the Indian wrestler bounced back to level the score at 7-all in the second half of the contest. With just 12 seconds to go she raced to a 10-7 lead to retain her crown.

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In New Delhi’s Asian Championships held in February 2020, Sarita had won gold while in the 2017 edition of the continental competition, she had won silver in 58kg.

India picked up their second medal, a bronze in the women’s 50 kg category, when Seema scored a thumping 10-0 win over Yung Hsun Lin of Taipei.

Seema got a good start in the competition outplaying Mongolia’s Anudari Nandintsetseg 7-3 in the second round but lost her next round match to Uzbekistan’s Jasmina Immaeva 2-3.

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Since Jasmina entered the final as per repechage rule, Seema got a chance to contest in a bronze medal match.

Nisha too had a good start in the women’s 68 kg by scoring 8-0 win over Mongolia’s Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan but lost to Korea’s Eun Sun Jeong 2-6 in the second round.

—IANS

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