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 nearly 5 years on the UWW Rating Sequence occasion in Almaty on Friday.
India’s Mansi and Divya Kakran too earned high of the rostrum finishes.
However the day belonged to Sakshi, who has been struggling until the current CWG trials. She was persistently shedding to younger Sonam Malik within the 62kg class and even missed qualification for the Tokyo Video games however appeared utterly reworked on Friday as she fought her bouts with large confidence.
She started with a win by technical superiority in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Irina Kuznetsova and adopted that up with one other massive 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 together with her double leg assaults and agility, hardly giving respiratory tempo to her opponents. Even when her rival gained a problem to take 5-3 lead, Sakshi was not perturbed and gained in an emphatic style.
The final time she gained a gold was in 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 ultimate bout 3-0 in opposition to Kazakshtan’s Emma Tissina, who hardly made a transfer. Mansi bought push out factors as principally the 2 wresters have been 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 have gained 4 medals with Greco Roman wrestler Neeraj profitable a bronze in 63kg class on Thursday.