Vinesh, Sakshi and 35 years old Anita win gold at Tata Motors Senior Wrestling Championships

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Vinesh, Sakshi and 35 years old Anita win gold

Anita defetaed CWG medalist Divya Kakran in the 68 kg to win gold for Haryana on the second day of the Tata Motors Senior Wrestling Championships.

Jalandhar, November 30, 2019: Day two witnessed a major upset as 35 years old Anita from Haryana defeated Divya Kakran from Railways in the finals of the 68kg category at the Tata Motors Senior Wrestling National Championships being played here in Jalandhar on Saturday.
The Haryana grappler, a gold medallist in the 65 kg category from last year is on a comeback mode. A mother of one, Anita surprised everyone with her gold-winning performance as she defeated the Commonwealth bronze medalist, Divya Kakran who had to settle for a silver.
Vinesh and Sakshi representing Railways also managed to secure a win in their respective categories.
Both the seasoned wrestlers were however challenged in their respective final bouts. Vinesh playing the Nationals in 55kg was challenged by 20-year-old Anju from Haryana who stopped the journey of the Asian Games Champion from being a cakewalk in the finals as she managed to create some breakaway winning points in the final faceoff. Vinesh, however, drawing her experience into the play won the bout with a 7-3 scoreline in a convincing manner to secure her second consecutive gold in the Senior Nationals.
Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi too won gold in the 62kg category. Playing compatriot, Radhika from Haryana who showed spark with some gutsy moves fell short of her senior opponent, Sakshi and settled for a Silver, losing the final 4-2.
While loud cheers were heard for Gursharan Kaur representing Punjab as she defeated Pooja of Haryana 4-2 in the 76 Kg category to win the gold medal. Chandigarh wrestler Neetu though had to settle for silver after losing to seasoned campaigner, Sarita Mor in the 57 kg category.
In the 65 kg final, Nisha of Haryana defeated Navjot from Railways with a margin of 4-1 points as she pulled off a confident victory by fall to deny the Railway's grappler more than a point in the final showdown.
While the girls from Haryana showed dominance as they top the medal chart with 215 points.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019