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Manju Kumari makes India proud, wins bronze at Junior World Wrestling Championship

Manju Kumari won a bronze medal at the Junior World Wrestling Championship in the women's 59kg category. She was only the Indian woman to secure a medal at the wrestling event held in Tampere, Finland .


By   |  Updated On : August 04, 2017 06:43 PM
Manju clinched a bronze at the Junior World Wrestling Championship

Manju clinched a bronze at the Junior World Wrestling Championship

New Delhi :  

This is certainly a very proud moment for the country. Indian wrestler Manju Kumari has won a bronze medal at the Junior World Wrestling Championship in the women's 59kg category. She was only the Indian woman to secure a medal at the wrestling event held in Tampere, Finland .

Manju scored a 2-0 victory over Ukraine's Ilona Prokopevniuk in the bronze medal play-off bout to secure a medal and finish on the podium .

En-route to her third-place finish, Manju defeated Aleksandrina Nikolaeva Kashinova of Bulgaria 5-1 in the 1/8 stage before she was outclassed 0-10 by Japan's Yuzuru Kumano in the quarterfinals.

However, with the Japanese girl advancing to the final of 59kg, Manju got another life in the form of repechage and she did not waste the opportunity.

In her repechage bout, Manju got the better of Tianna Grace Kennett of Canada 4-0 to storm into the bronze-medal round.

Today, Pooja Gehlot (women's 55kg) and Pooja (women's 72kg) had a chance to make it to the bronze medal play-offs of their respective weight categories but both lost their repechage bouts.

Gehlot got off to a fine start, defeating Dominika Ewa Kulwicka of Poland 12-0 and Nazira Marsbek Kyzy of Kyrgyzstan 13-3 on her way to the quarters.

However, she lost her quarterfinal bout to Lianna de la Caridad Montero Herrera of Cuba 0-10. But fortunately with the Cuban making the gold-medal round, Gehlot got another life.

But she wasted the chance as she lost her repechage bout 3-8 to Jingliang of China.

Pooja also got a chance to fight in the repechage round after her pre-quarterfinals opponent Yasuha Matsuyuki of Japan reached the gold medal round.

The Japanese wrestler had beaten Pooja 10-6.

However, Pooja could not capitalise on the opportunity, going down 0-4 to Hui-Tsz Chang of Chinese Taipei to lose out on a chance to fight for the third-place finish.

Pooja had earlier beaten Fanwen Shen of China 5-3 in her qualification bout.

Other Indians in the fray today, Reshma Mane (63kg) and Ankush (48kg) lost in initial rounds of their respective weight divisions to bow out of the competition.

First Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 06:26 PM

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