Sonam Malik displayed great determination to outwit Sakshi Malik in the 62 kg weight category.© Twitter
Talented grappler Sonam Malik stunned Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik 7-5 in the finals, to claim the Gold medal in the senior women’s national wrestling championships on Saturday. The 19-year-old from Haryana displayed great determination to outwit Sakshi, representing Railways, in the 62 kg weight category. It was Sakshi’s third loss to Sonam. Madhya Pradesh’s Pushpa and Haryana’s Manisha bagged the bronze medal. In 50 kg weight category, Haryana’s Minakshi claimed the gold, while state mate Henny Kumari won the silver and Maharashtra’s Swati Shinde and Delhi’s Kirti won the bronze.
Haryana wrestler Anju also claimed the top honours in the 55 kg weight category with Delhi’s Bunty settling for Silver, and Indu Tomar of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi’s Sushma Shokin winning the Bronze. In 57 kg weight category, Haryana once again dominated with Anshu pocketing the Gold medal and Mansi claiming the Bronze. RSPB’s Lalita won the Silver, while MP’s Raman Yadav won the other Bronze. The Gold in 72kg went to RSPB’s Pinki, while Haryana’s Naina took the Silver and Priyanka of UP and Kavita of RSPB settled for Bronze. The bouts in the remaining five weight categories — 53 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 68 kg and 76 kg — will be held on Sunday.
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