Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik Grab Gold Medal At Tata Motors Senior Women National Championship

| December 2 , 2018 , 17:27 IST

Indian star wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik on Saturday successfully emerged champions in the 57 kg and 62 kg title respectively on the second day of the Tata Motors Senior Womens National Championship.

Vinesh Phogat who returned after sustaining an elbow injury has already stamped her class by winning the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games titles earlier this year.

It is learnt that after Saturday's victory Vinesh Phogat bagged her sixth National title, the Indian champion wrestler just conceded two points in five bouts. She had earlier won five Nationals in a row from 2012 to 2016.

Vinesh secured the title by taking the score to 10-0 against Babita in the final with more than two-and-a-half minutes left.

Vinesh, who had suffered a ligament tear in her elbow and had to pull out of this year's World Championships in Budapest, was competing in the 57 kg category rather than her preferred 50 kg class.

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Speaking to media Vinesh said, "I was keen to face heavy competition and see how I am faring. I felt no pain and that is a relief."

Sakshi, on the other hand, put up a confident show to win the title in the 62 kg without losing a single point.

Out of five bouts, she got a walkover in the first round while the final bout ended in just 25 seconds as Anita conceded due to a left knee injury.

According to media, Sakshi said, "This is not something big but I will take it. There was not much competition because most of the rivals were junior but any competition is good. I am more focused on next season and will start with Asian Championship."

Ritu Malik, who had a fairly good run this year, faced a surprise setback in the finals of the 65 kg, losing a close semi-final to the very impressive Anita, the 2010 CWG gold medallist. She settled for a bronze after holding off Reshma of Maharashtra.

The Railways grapplers continued to show their dominance with an overall show and 188 points, followed by close second Haryana with 186 points and Delhi at the third spot with 93 points. Hosts Uttar Pradesh finished fourth in the overall standings with 92 points.