Indian girls finished first at the third position at the World Junior Wrestling Championships in ULFA, Russia.
United States 143 points, Russia 134 points, India 134 points, Belarus 96 points and Turkey 92 points were in the top five of the table.
Indian girls won five medals including three silver.
In the women’s 62kg freestyle gold medal match, host Alina Kasabiwa defeated Sanju Devi 0-10 to win the silver medal. In the semi-finals, Devi defeated Azerbaijani rival Soltanova 8–5 in a fight that made a comeback in the Indian wrestler’s style to take the last spot.
“There were only boys. It was a little weird training with the boys,” Devi, 20, told UWW.org about how her brother introduced her to wrestling.
“Even now I only train with girls in training camps, at home I still train with boys,” Devi said and when she first reached the training hall, none of the girls struggled. Was getting it done.
In the 65kg women’s final, Bhateri lost 2-12 to Moldova’s Irina Ringasi and in the 76kg category, Bipasha also won a silver medal each. In the gold medal game, Bipasha defeated Kazakhstan’s Dilnaz Mulkinova 6-3 and Mongolia’s Odbag Uljibat 9-4.
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Simran (50kg) and Sito (55kg) won bronze medals. In the 72kg category, Saneh, due to injury by default (knee injury), lost the bronze medal to Russian Mariam Gusenova.
During this the boys won six medals – one silver and five bronze.
In men’s freestyle, India was ranked sixth among 12 nations in total medals and fifth in the points table.
In the 61kg category, Ravinder was the only Indian to reach the final, but lost 9-3 to his Iranian rival Rahman Amouzdakhalili. Ravinder defeated Levik Mikaelian of Armenia 12-2 in the semi-finals.
Yash (74kg), Gaurav Baliyan (79kg), Prithviraj Patil (92kg), Deepak (97kg), Anirudh (125kg) took full advantage of the draft and won bronze medals.
Wrestling experts were disappointed as no Indian was able to make an impact in the 57, 65 and 86 weight categories, where Indians are strong and even qualified for the recent Tokyo Olympics.
Iran 178 points, Russia 142 points, United States 129 points, Azerbaijan 122 points and India 101 points were in the top five in the points table.
In the last 2019 edition in Tallinn, Estonia, India won one gold and two bronze and was ranked 11th out of 25 countries.