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Babita notches up bronze in World Championships

September 28, 2012 14:38 IST

Babita Kumari (51kg) became only the second Indian woman wrestler to grab a medal at the World Championships when she clinched a bronze at the event in Edmonton, Canada.

India is participating in all seven weight categories (48kg, 51kg, 55kg, 59kg, 63kg, 67kg and 72 Kg) which will conclude Saturday.

Silpi Sheoran (59kg) and Navjot Kaur (67kg) finished fifth in their respective weight categories.

Babita's medal is the second won by any Indian female wrestler in the senior World Championship. The first medal, a bronze, was won by Alka Tomar in 2006, China.

In the semi-qualification round, Babita defeated Hsin-Ju Chiu from Chinese Taipei. In the qualification round, she got the better of Japanese Risako Kawai.

In the semi-final round, she lost to Jessica Anne Marrie Macdonald Bondy from Canada. But clinched the medal after defeating Zamira Rakhmanova from Russia in the repechage round.

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