Vinesh Phogat won the 53kg gold, her first at the tournament, while Anshu Malik and Divya Kakran also won gold Sakshi Malik took silver.

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat went unbeaten through the day and without losing a point in the 53kg category gold at the Asian Wrestling Championships at Almaty, Kazakhstan.

This was her third-straight gold of 2021, after earlier winning in Ukraine and at the Matteo Pellicone Memorial in Rome.

Vinesh has notched up 7 podium finishes at the Asian meet over the years, including three silver medals before this edition. Earlier in the day, she won by technical superiority against Mongolia’s Otgonjargal Ganbaatar and Taipei’s Meng Hsuan Hsieh while an injured Hyunyoung Oh from Korea did not turn up for the semifinal.

Vinesh Phogat was up against Hsieh for a second time in the day in the final. This time, it proved to be a challenge but the Indian came up trumps, pinning Hsieh to win 6-0 and claim gold.

Youngster Anshu Malik booked an Olympic quota for herself only a few days back at the same venue, bagged the gold medal in the 57kg category after a 3-0 win over her Mongolian opponent Battsetseg Altantsetseg.

 Anshu Malik booked an Olympic quota(livesportcentre.com)
Anshu Malik booked an Olympic quota(SAIMedia/Twitter)

The 19-year-old won two of her bouts by technical superiority and then beat Altantsetseg after the latter was given three cautions during the bout.

The young Indian wrestler then pinned South Korea’s Shinhye Lee in the semis before winning 3-0 against Altantsetseg in the final.

Divya Kakran won India’s third gold of the day as she won three bouts in a row, including a stunning victory over reigning champion Zhamila Bakbergenova of Kazakhstan.

Divya Kakran Win Gold at Asian Wrestling Championship(livesportcentre.com)
Divya Kakran Win Gold at Asian Wrestling Championship(SAIMedia/Twitter)

Divya Kakran also beat South Korean Sujin Park and Mongolia’s Tsevegmed Enkhbayar to win the sole 72kg group, which had four wrestlers.

Meanwhile, Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik settled for silver after being pinned by Mongolian Bolortungalag Zorigt in the 65kg final, a non-Olympic category. This was her second Asian silver after the 2017 edition.

Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik(livesportcentre.com)
Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik(SAIMedia/Twitter)

Tokyo-bound Sonam Malik had to pull out of the 62kg event after an injury she had suffered at the Asian Olympic qualifiers last week.

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