Vinesh Phogat-Anshu Malik won the gold medal for the first time in the Asian Wrestling Championship: Vinesh, who won a bronze medal in the competition held in Delhi last year, completely overpowered her after taking a 6–0 lead against Taipei’s Meng Hsun Hsieh in the final. This is Vinesh’s second win over Taipei’s player in this competition. Prior to this, he has won seven medals in this championship so far, including three silver medals. Anshu (57 kg), who won the Olympic quota at the same venue in the past, beat Mongolia’s Batsetseg Altansetsegg 3–0 in the final to win another major medal in the senior category. The Mongolian player had no answer to Anshu’s attack in the final.
Vinesh won Mongolia’s technical superiority against Otgongjargal Gunbaatar and Hsieh i
n the opening stage, while her opponent’s Hyunyong Oh did not enter the ring due to injury in the semi-finals. Earlier, 19-year-old Anshu advanced to the semi-finals in the first two bouts, beating Sevara Ishmaratova of Uzbekistan and Nazira Marsbeck Kyrgyzstan of Kyrgyzstan on the basis of technical superiority.
In the semi-finals, she was leading 9–1 from Altancetseg when the referee gave the Indian player a victory due to his ‘victory by chance’ (victory due to the opponent’s overly aggressive approach). Earlier this Mongolian player was warned three times. Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik also reached the finals in the 65kg category. She is trying her hand in the 65kg category after failing to make it to her favorite 62kg category.
Sakshi was leading 3-0 against Hanbit Lee of Korea after winning the first two matches by technical superiority. The Korean player, however, suffered a knee injury and was ruled out of the competition. They will face Bolotungalag Jorigt of Mongolia in the final. Divya Kakran also reached the third round with a strong performance here. In the meantime, he defeated Asian champion Jakhila Bakbergenova of Kazakhstan 8-5 in the 72 kg category.