Sakshi Malik’s struggles have been nowhere to be seen as a fearless and aggressive Rio Olympics bronze medallist grabbed her first worldwide gold medal in virtually 5 years on the UWW Rating Collection occasion right here on Friday.
India’s Mansi (57kg) and Divya Kakran (68kg) too earned prime of the rostrum finishes. One other Indian, Pooja gained a bronze medal in 76kg.
However the day belonged to Sakshi, who has been struggling until the current Commonwealth Video games (CWG) trials.
She was persistently dropping to younger Sonam Malik within the 62kg class and even missed qualification for the Tokyo Video games however seemed fully remodeled on Friday as she fought her bouts with great confidence.
She started with a win by technical superiority in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Irina Kuznetsova and adopted that up with one other huge 9-3 win over Uzbekistan’s Rushana Abdirasulova.
As Mongolia’s Tserenchimed Sukhee forfeited her semifinal, Sakshi entered the ultimate, the place she pinned Kuznetsova whereas main 7-4, beating the house wrestler for a second time within the day.
Sakshi stood out along with her double leg assaults and agility, hardly giving respiration tempo to her opponents. Even when her rival gained a problem to take 5-3 lead, Sakshi was not perturbed and gained in emphatic style.
The final time she gained a gold was within the 2017 Commonwealth Championship at the same time as she gained two bronze medals on the Asian Championships in 2020 and 2022.
Additionally profitable the gold was Mansi (57kg), who gained her remaining bout 3-0 in opposition to Kazakshtan’s Emma Tissina, who hardly made a transfer. Mansi bought push out factors as the 2 wrestlers have been largely concerned in standing wrestling.
Divya gained two of her bouts by ‘fall’ — in opposition to Mongolia’s Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan and Kazakhstan’s Albina Kairgeldinova — however misplaced the ultimate bout 10-14 to Mongolia’s Bolortungalag Zorigt within the four-wrestler 68kg class.
Zorigt additionally completed with two wins and a defeat (in opposition to Delgermaa) however since Divya had extra convincing outcomes, she was declared winner.
India now has gained 5 medals with Greco-Roman wrestler Neeraj clinching a bronze in 63kg class on Thursday.