Navjot Kaur Wins Gold, Sakshi Malik Wins Silver At Asian Wrestling Championship

| March 3 , 2018 , 12:58 IST

Navjot Kaur created history as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold in Senior Asian Championships. She achieved this feat by defeating Japan’s Miya Imai in 65kg freestyle category in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Friday.

Outclassing her opponent 9-1 in a lopsided final bout of the women's 65kg freestyle category to bag the gold, she won India's first gold in the ongoing championships.

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She reached the finals by defeating Mongolia’s Tsevegmed Enkhbayar 2-1 in the semis.

The 28-year-old Navjot has been around the wrestling circuit for a while as she had previously won a silver at the Asian Championships in 2013 and a bronze in 2014 Commonwealth Games in 67kg.

Earlier, 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi Malik won the silver medal in 62 kgs freestyle category after getting better of Kazakhstan’s Ayalum Kassymova 10-7 in a difficult bout.

On Thursday, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Vinesh Phogat lost her game in the woman’s 50kg freestyle to China’s Chun Lei in a narrow 2-3 defeat.

Another Indian wrestler Sangeeta defeated Jieun Um of Korea to win a bronze medal in the women's 59kg freestyle event.

These four medals took India's overall tally to six, which consisted a gold, a silver, and four bronze medals.