Asian Games 2018: Vinesh, Pooja one win away from ensuring wrestling medals

India are off to a great start on the wrestling mat on Day 2 of the Asian Games with women wrestlers taking centre stage. India’s strongest medal contender in women’s freestyle wrestling, Vinesh Phogat, is through to the semi-finals of the 50 kg category and is just one win away from ensuring a medal.

Vinesh got off to a great start as she thumped Yanan Sun of China 8-2 to enter the last 8 of the 50 kg category. She was outstanding form in her quarter-final bout as she annihilated Hyungjoo Kim of South Korea 11-0 to win by technical superiority.

Pooja Dhanda also got off to a winning start in the 57 kg category as she dominated her Thai opponent. Dhanda was at her ruthless best as she beat Orasa Sookdongyor 10-0 to win by technical superiority. She then outclassed Nabira Esenbaeva of Uzbekistan 12-1 in the quarter-final to get into touching distance of ensuring a medal for India.

Sakshi, the 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medallist, outclassed Salinee Srisombat of Thailand to win by technical superiority in the 62 kg category.

Pinki disappointed in the 53 kg category as she lost her opening bout 0-10 to Mongolia’s Sumiya Erdenechimeg. She could make it to the repechage if her opponent reaches the final round.

Sumit Malik, the only male wrestler in the fray today, lost his first round bout to Iran’s Parviz Hadibasmanj.

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 13:07 IST

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