It was revenge time for the 2018 Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran in the trials conducted by the Wrestling Federation of India in Lucknow. Kakran lost to grand old lady of Indian wrestling Anita Sheoran at the Jalandhar Senior Nationals and revenge was on her mind on Saturday. But before challenging Sheoran, Kakran needed answers to the puzzle named Nisha Dhaiya.
18 year old Sonam stuns Sakshi Malik – After getting direct entry into the semi-finals of the trials, Sakshi was up against the two time cadet world champion Sonam Malik. No one gave the youngster any chance but the Haryana teenager Sonam got better of Sakshi in intense duel. The duo had ended up leveled 10-each in their semi-final bout. Sonam was trailing 4-6 in the second period but produced a sensational four-point throw with just three seconds left in the bout to make it 10-10 and win on criteria of scoring the last point.
Pooja Dhanda also loses in the trials- The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games silver medallist Pooja was handed a 1-3 defeat by her Haryana State-mate Anshu Malik in the 57 kg quarterfinals. Anshu eventually went on to earn an India berth as she beat another Haryana wrestler Mansi in the finals.
The upsets in Lucknow today (Saturday) have all but ended the Tokyo 2020 dreams for the much fancied Pooja and Sakshi as new stars are all set to emerge on the horizon of Indian wrestling.
The winners have earned the right to represent India at the Asian Championship, Ranking Series and the Asian Olympic qualifiers.
Reigning 72 kg national champion made the grade in the 76 kg category, defeating Punjab’s Gursharan Kaur in the final. The RSCB wrestler had to compete in the 76 kg category as her core 72 kg is a non-Olympic weight category.
50Kg Final – Nirmala Devi ( HAR ) beat Pinki ( HAR ) by 10 – 0
53Kg Final – Vinesh Phogat (Railways) beat Nandani ( Mah) by 10-0
57Kg Final – Anshu Malik ( HAR ) beat Mansi Ahalawat ( HAR ) by 4-4
62Kg Final – Sonam (HAR) beats Radhika ( HAR )
68Kg Final – Divya Kakran ( RSPB) Beats Suman ( HAR )
76Kg Final – Kiran (HAR ) beat Gursharan Preet Kaur ( PUB) by 6-3
Complete Results of WOMEN TRIALS
Seema ( RSPB) Beat Swati ( Maharashtra ) by 12-4
Pinki ( HAR) beat by Sheetal (RAJ) by 6-2
Nirmala Devi ( HAR ) beat Pinki ( HAR ) by 10 – 0
Nandani ( Mah) beat Manpreet (Pub )
Vinesh Phogat (Railways) beat Nandani ( Mah) by 10-0
Anshu Malik ( HAR) beat Pooja Dhanda ( HAR ) By 3-1
Mansi ( HAR ) beat Sarita Mor (RSPB) by 6-0
Anshu Malik (Haryana) beat Lalita (Railways)
Anshu Malik ( HAR ) beat Mansi Ahalawat ( HAR ) by 4-4
Radhika df Navjot by 6-4
Sonam (HAR) beats Sakshi Malik ( RSPB ) by 10 – 10
Sonam (HAR) beats Radhika ( HAR )
Divya Kakran ( RSPB) beat Nisha ( HAR) by 5-2
Divya Kakran ( RSPB) df Anita Sheoran ( HAR ) by 4-0
Divya Kakran ( RSPB) Beats Suman ( HAR )
Semi – Final
Gursharan Preet Kaur ( PUB) beat Rani ( H.P)
Kiran ( HAR ) beat Sudesh ( HAR )
Kiran ( HAR ) beat Gursharan Preet Kaur ( PUB) by 6-3