Jakarta: Divya Kakran shrugged off a crushing quarterfinal defeat to bag a bronze, ensuring that medals continued to come from the wrestling arena even as three other Indians crashed out early at the Asian Games on Tuesday.
Kakran was demolished by the experienced Mongolian Tumentsetseg Sharkhuu in the 68kg category but the Delhi athlete was lucky as she did not even have to come through a repechage to be in contention for bronze.
FANTASTIC MATCH, Divya Kakran! The star athlete has won a 🥉 in #AsianGames2018 68 kg Freestyle Wrestling.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 21, 2018
The draw was such that she was pitted against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wenling without playing a repechage round and won the bout in just one minute 29 seconds by technical superiority.
Divya had won a bronze at the 2018 Gold Coast CWG and silver at the recently-held Asian Junior Championship in New Delhi.
(With inputs from PTI)