Asiad 2018: Wrestlers Vinesh, Pooja, Sakshi enter semis

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Jakarta, Aug 20 (IANS) India’s Vinesh Phogat, Pooja Dhanda and Sakshi Malik ensured a medal each after registering comprehensive wins to advance to the semi-finals of their respective weight categories in women’s freestyle wrestling at the 2018 Asian Games here on Monday.

Vinesh registered a comfortable 11-0 victory over South Korea’s Kim Hyungjoo in the 50 kilogram event in the quarter-finals, before Pooja booked her berth in the semi-finals after thrashing Esenbaeva Nabira of Uzbekistan 12-1 in the 57kg category.

Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi then entered the last four after thrashing Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova by technical superiority (10-0).

Vinesh had earlier defeated China’s Sun Yanan by technical superiority 8-2 in the 50kg 1/8 finals while Sakshi needed less than two minutes to emerge victorious over Thailand’s Salinee Srisombat 10-0 in the 62kg 1/8 finals.

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Pooja came to the semi-finals on the back of a dominant 10-0 thrashing of Thailand’s Orasa Sookdongyor in the 57kg 1/8 finals.

Meanwhile, it was heartbreak for the other Indian wrestlers — Pinki and Sumit Malik — who lost their respective 1/8 finals.

In women’s 53kg, Pinki was thrashed by technical superiority (0-10) by Mongolian Sumiya Erdenechimeg while in the men’s 125kg 1/8 finals, Sumit suffered a similar fate (0-10) against Parviz Hadibasmanj of Iran.

–IANS

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