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Jr Wrestling Worlds: Sanju Devi, Bhateri win silver medals

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
August 20, 2021 22:46 IST
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IMAGE: In the women's 62kg final, Sanju Devi went down to Alina Kasabieva of Russia to settle for the silver medal. Photograph: SAI Media/Twitter

India's women grapplers Sanju Devi and Bhateri won silver medals in the 62kg and 65kg category respectively at the Junior Wrestling World Championships, in Ufa, Russia on Friday.


The women's wrestling at the Junior World Championships came to an end for India with three silver and two bronze medals.

In the women's 62kg final, Sanju Devi was thoroughly dominated by Alina Kasabieva as the Russian won the gold medal via technical superiority. The European junior champion dominated from the word go to register an easy victory over the Indian.

In the women's 65kg final, Bhateri also settled silver as she was defeated 2-12 by Irina Ringaci from Moldova. The Indian wrestler was looking to stage a comeback in the second period of the bout but the senior European champion countered her beautifully to clinch the gold.

This was India's 4th silver Junior Wrestling World Championships in Ufa.

In the last medal bout for Indian women's wrestlers, Saneh (72kg) suffered a horrific knee injury while playing for the bronze against Russia's Mariam Guseinova. It was a closely contested bout until Saneh went down with injury.

On Thursday, Sanju made a remarkable comeback as she was down 0-5 and then eventually won against Azerbaijan's Birgul Soltanova by 8-5 in the semi-final, while Bhateri defeated Tunisia's Jlassi Khadija and Romania's Amina Roxana Capezan to advance to the final.

Earlier, Bipasha (76kg) had won a silver medal, while Simran (50kg) and Sito (55kg) clinched bronze medals to add to India's tally.

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