Asian Wrestling Championships Day 3: Divya Kakran wins gold medal, 3 more Indian women make it to finals

By   - 20/02/2020

Making India proud, youngster Divya Kakran has won gold medal for India on the third day of the Asian Wrestling Championships in the 68kg category. Asian Games 2018 bronze medallist Divya won all her 4 bouts in style to seal the gold medal for India. The 68kg category was played in round robin format as only 5 wrestlers were in fray. Divya won all her 4 bouts against the wrestlers from Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Japan. Her final bout against Naruha MATSUYUKI of Japan was the closest one in which the Indian finally prevailed by pinning down her Japanese opponent as she was leading by 6-4. This is India’s second gold medal of the ongoing Asian Championships. Earlier Sunil Kumar won historic gold in the Greco-Roman category on the Day 1 of the competitions.

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After winning her final bout, Divya spoke to WrestlingTV, “I am very happy with my performance, especially the way I won all my 4 bouts by pinning down my opponents”.

Divya also has now become only the second Indian women after Navjot Kaur in 2018 to win an Asian Championship gold. India will look to grab few more gold medals in the evening session of the day 3 as Nirmala Devi (50kg), Pinki (55kg) and Sarita More (59kg) made it to the finals of the Asian Championships for the first time.

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Results of Divya Kakran’s bouts

Round 1
Divya KAKRAN (IND) df. Albina KAIRGELDINOVA (KAZ)      win by 6-0

Round 2

Divya KAKRAN (IND) df. Delgermaa ENKHSAIKHAN (MGL)   Win by 11- 2

Round 3
Divya KAKRAN (IND) df. Azoda ESBERGENOVA (UZB)     win by 8-0

Round 4
Divya KAKRAN (IND) df. Naruha MATSUYUKI (JPN)      win by  6-4

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