INDIA WOMEN WRESTLING TEAM FINISHES RUNNER UP IN KAZAKHSTAN
The Indian women’s Wrestling team, led by Vinesh Phogat, finished second in the Cup of the President of Republic of Kazakhstan – the fifth edition of senior International Wrestling Tournament that ended on Sunday the 26th July 2015 in Astana. Host Kazakhstan earned the Winners position and Mongolia was in third position. The eight-member Indian team displayed a spirited performance against top grapplers.
Asian Games bronze medalist Vinesh (48 Kg), who is also a Commonwealth Games silver medalist, did not lose even one bout. Similarly Laltia Sherawat (55 Kg) and Anita (63 Kg) also won all their bouts in their respective weight categories. Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sakshi Mallik (58 Kg) lost only one of her bouts. Nirmala Devi (53 Kg) Sarita (60 Kg), Navjot Kaur (69 KG) and Nikki Kg) also came up with spirited performance.
India still has more than a month for the World Championships and I am sure the Kazakhstan tour will help our women wrestlers to further improve their performance. I am also sure that this expsoure will help the Indian eves to put up a good show at the World Championship, to be held in Las Vegas, USA from September 7-12. This will also be the first qualification event for Rio Olympics 2016. The Indian women’s team finishing second in the tournament has shown that Indian women wrestlers are not behind then men who have outshined in last Olympic where Sushil Kumar won silver medal and Yogeshwar Dutt winning a bronze medal in 2008 Olympics.
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