Pinki loses bronze play-off, children likewise struggle at World Wrestling Championship

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India wrestler Pinki’s bid to win her maiden World Champion medal fell flat as she lost the bronze play-off 2-5 to America’s Jenna Rose Burkert while the other youngsters in the ladies’s squad also struggled here on Tuesday.Burkert did not let Pinki play her game as the American straight-jacketed her with her arm and head locks.

With less than a minute to go and routing 0-5, Pinki effected a two-pointer however Burkert did not let Indian make another move.

Pinki, the 2020 Asian champion, had lost a gruelling semi-final on Monday to Germany’s Nina Hemmer to miss out on a historic last.

Pinki was third Indian to reach a medal round in thisedition of the championship but failed to earn a podium finish after defeat of Ravinder (61kg) and Rohit (65kg) in the males’s totally free style bronze medal matches.

Early in the day, the young Indian wrestlers, including talented Hanny Kumari, expectedly found the going tough.

Completing in the 50kg classification, 18-year-old Hanny revealed some spark when she began with a 9-2 win over Korea’s Miran Cheon however her challenge in the quarterfinal versus Russia’s Nadezhda Sokolova lasted simply 35 seconds.

Sokolova took a commanding 6-0 lead in the very first 15 seconds of the bout, badly denting the confidence of the Indian teen and completed the bout in no time.

In the 53kg, Pooja got a wrestling lesson from Japanese prodigy Akari Fujinami, who is yet to lose a bout in her profession.

Pooja did not need to play any Credentials round but lost her pre-quarterfinal by technical supremacy.

Teenager Bhateri stopped working to get a single point, let alone winning a round, as she lost 0-8 to Russia’s Dinara Kudaeva Salikhova.

Kiran (76kg) was the just senior gamer on the mat for India in the morning session but as normal she struggled at the big stage.

She began with a 6-0 win versus Korea’s Kim Cholee however lost her quarterfinal ‘by fall’ to America’s Adeline Maria Gray.

Published at Tue, 05 Oct 2021 13:14:55 -0500