Vinesh Phogat in final; Pooja Dhanda, Sakshi Malik bag medals

New Delhi: India’s Vinesh Phogat displayed great form to make the 53kg finals with a win over world silver medallist Sarah Hildebrandt of USA at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov wrestling in Ruse, Bulgaria Saturday. Playing in her first tournament after moving to the 53kg category, Vinesh defeated the American 4-2. Coming back strongly after Hildebrandt took an early lead, Vinesh completed a double leg to secure a takedown and tied things up at 2-2. Hildebrandt got hipped over by Vinesh who was in a defensive position and Vinesh scored the first period pin over Hildebrandt.

On Friday night, Pooja Dhanda claimed gold in the 59kg category while Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik settled for a silver medal in the 65kg category. In the men’s freestyle, Sandeep Tomar lost his final bout in the 61kg category to finish with silver on Friday night. Vinesh had moved into the semifinals of the women’s 53kg with a 9-4 win over American Amy Fearnside on Saturday

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