Vinesh Phogat settles for silver at Asian Wrestling Championships




Vinesh Phogat lost a close bout on Thursday to settle for a silver medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Vinesh suffered a 2-3 defeat to China’s Chun Lei in the summit clash of the women’s 50kg freestyle event.

After trailing 0-1 early in the bout, Vinesh came back strongly to score two points, taking the lead. But with less than two minutes left, the Chinese wrestler scored two crucial points with an attacking move to regain the lead, which she defended well till the end.

Vinesh’s medal increased the India’s tally so far to three, including two bronze medal in Greco-Roman events.

Earlier, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vinesh assured herself and India a medal by entering the final with a win over Japan’s Yuki Irie. The 2014 CWG champion earned the win by taking a bigger point as she locked the score 4-4 with her move.

Meanwhile, India’s two Greco-Roman wrestlers have already won bronze medals.

Harpreet Singh grabbed bronze in the 82kg when he outclassed Uzbekistan’s Khashimbekov 11-3, winning on technical superiority.

Rajendra Kumar had won bronze in the 55kg as he beat Uzbekistan’s Mirakhmedov after declared winner. He also got victory by points after levelling the score 3-3.



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