Navjot Kaur scripted history on 2 March by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold in the Senior Asian Championships as she clinched the yellow metal in the 65kg freestyle category.
Navjot produced a thoroughly dominating performance. She was impressive throughout her final bout as she recorded a convincing win.
Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik won a bronze in the 62kg freestyle category after getting the better of Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova 10-7 in a tough fight.
The two medals took India’s medal tally to six – a gold, a silver, and four bronze medals.
The historic achievement was lauded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports stating, “The year has begun on a great note for Indian sports. Here’s to many more record breaking performances.”
The 28-year-old Navjot has been around the wrestling circuit for a while as she had previously won a silver at the Asian Championships in 2013 and a bronze in 2014 Commonwealth Games in 67kg.
Her win was also lauded by state leaders and members of parliament alike.
Meanwhile, Sakshi Malik emerged from a hard-fought bronze medal play-off against Kazhakstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova with a 10-7 scoreline.
Vinesh Phogat had to be contend with a silver medal as she lost 2-3 to China’s a Chun Lei in the summit clash of the women’s 50kg freestyle.
Another Indian wrestler Sangeeta defeated Jieun Um of Korea to win a bronze medal in the women’s 59kg freestyle event.
(With inputs from PTI)
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