National Wrestling Championship: Sarita defeated Geeta Phogat in the title match, became the winner after defeating 8-0
Sarita Mor presented a fine example of her stamina and skills by winning the women's 59kg title at the National Wrestling Championships. On Friday, she defeated Geeta Phogat in the final match.
On the other hand, established wrestlers like Divya Kakran and Sakshi Malik also faced defeat. Among women, 59kg was the toughest weight category as three world championship medalists were in the race for the title.
World Championships bronze medalist Sarita Mor was challenged only by Pooja Dhanda (2018 World Championships bronze medalist). He pitted his opponent in two matches and won one match on the basis of points.
Geeta Phogat returned to competitive wrestling after being on maternity leave for three years. World Championships 2012 bronze medalist Geeta, 32, also entered the final where she was beaten 8-0 by 26-year-old Sarita. Geeta last participated in the national championship in 2017 when she defeated Sarita in the final.
Geeta said a score of 8-0 in the final was hurtful but she was happy to have won the silver medal. "Victory and defeat don't matter but the kind of defeat that is happening is hurtful," he said. In the final, I could not play according to my strategy. I gave Sarita a chance to dominate.
Geeta's younger sister Sangeeta won the 63kg title. In this weight category, Manisha defeated Sakshi Malik 6-1. Rio Olympics 2016 bronze medalist Sakshi has been struggling for some time now and is facing losses in domestic competitions.
U-23 World Championship bronze medalist Divya Kakran also suffered a loss. He was defeated by Pinky who later won the gold medal. Kulwinder got silver medal.
Shivani Panwar and Simran also impressed in the 50kg category. Shivani defeated Tokyo Olympics participant Seema Bisla 7–2 in the semi-finals and defeated Simran to win the gold medal.