New Delhi: Divya Kakran led the pack with a shocking efficiency earlier than Sarita Mor and Pinki grabbed gold of their respective classes as India dominated the opening day of girls’s competitors on the Asian Wrestling Championship right here on Thursday.
On a memorable day for the hosts, the Indian women reached 4 out of 5 finals with Divya (68kg), Pinki (55kg) and Sarita (59kg) standing on high of the rostrum.
Nirmala Devi settled for a silver in 50kg whereas Kiran (76kg) was the one one to overlook out on a medal.
The sphere, although, was a depleted one because the Chinese language and Korean wrestlers usually are not competing and Japan haven’t despatched their finest grapplers.
Earlier than this, India had gained just one gold on the Senior Asian Championships’ girls’s occasion, by means of Navjot Kaur in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2018.
Jakarta Asian Video games bronze medallist Divya produced a robust efficiency, successful all her bouts by fall, together with towards reigning junior world champion Naruha Matsuyuki.
She started by routing Kazakhstan’s Albina Kairgelinova after which knocked out Mongolia’s Delgermaa Enkkhsaikhan.
Within the third spherical, towards Uzbekistan’s Azoda Esbergenova, she led 4-Zero with consecutive rolls after which pinned her opponent to complete it off in simply 27 seconds.
In opposition to the Japanese junior world champion, along with her sturdy left-leg assaults, Divya led 4-Zero with a takedown and an expose transfer.
The Japanese made a strong begin within the second interval as she attacked the Indian’s left leg initially however scored factors with a proper leg transfer to make it 4-4.
The Japanese virtually pinned her however Divya wriggled out of the tough place. She quickly effected a transfer which led to her victory by fall.
“I had to win by fall to get five points from all my bouts because the Japanese was winning all her bouts by big margins, so I took a risk for big wins. My coach had said that I don’t have to go for big throws all the time, but I went for it,” mentioned Divya.
“It did become tricky after I led 4-0 (in final). I was not in a great position (Naruha’s lock) and it could have been very dangerous. But I took a risk and it paid off by God’s grace.”
Requested if the absence of Chinese language wrestler helped, she replied within the affirmative.
“Yes, it did benefit. But if you have a five-wrestler group it becomes even tougher, you have to fight everyone and win big. I won 4 bouts within 2 hours. It was tough on the body but the good thing is I have improved on my range, I made all kinds of attacks, Irani, Kheme, single-led, double leg attacks.”
Sarita, competing in her first Asian occasion since successful a silver in 2017 in 58kg, gained her first two bouts by technical superiority towards Madina Bakbergenova (Kazakhstan) and Nazira MarsbekKyzy (Kyrgyzstan) earlier than successful 10-Three towards Japan’s Yuumi Kon.
She edged out Mongolia’s Battseteg Atlantsetseg 3-2 within the remaining. Sarita managed a push-out level to win her first gold at this occasion after the scores had been tied.
Pinki, competing at senior Asian for the primary time, started by beating Uzbekistan’s Shokida Akhmedova by fall however misplaced the following bout to Japan’s Kana Higashikawa.
She gained her semifinal towards Marina Zuyeva 6-Zero and beat Mongolia’s Dulguun Bolormaa 2-1 to seize the gold. All of the factors scored within the remaining had been on passivity.
“I was a bit careful because I had injured my elbow. I did not want to aggravate since important events are lined up,” mentioned Pinki.
Nirmala beat Mongolia’s Munkhnar Byambasuren 6-Four and Uzbeskitan’s Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova by technical superiority however misplaced the ultimate 2-Three to Japan’s Miho Igarashi.