Jr Asian Wrestling: Divya wins silver; bronze for Karuna, Reena

New Delhi: Gold Coast CWG bronze medallist Divya Kakran had to settle for a silver medal after being too defensive in the final against nemesis Meerim Zhumanazarova while Karuna and Reena returned with bronze medals at the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship on Thursday. All five Indian girls in action reached the final round but Sangeeta Phogat (59kg) and Shivani Pawar (50kg) lost their bronze-medal bouts.

Divya was outplayed by the defending champion, losing her final in the 68kg category on technical superiority (0-11). In the 59kg bronze medal bout, Sangeeta, the youngest sibling from the famous Phogat family, was up against China’s Juanjuan Shi. She stepped onto the mat limping and was far from her best, though she fought bravely in her 5-10 defeat.

In the 55kg bronze medal bout, Reena comfortably defeated Uzbekistan’s Khodicha Najimova 8-2 to claim a bronze. In the 76kg bronze match, Karuna took on Mongolia’s Oyunbagana Batchuluu and dominated proceedings from the beginning.