National Wrestling Championship: Dhankhar wins gold

Amit Dhankar, Pinki, Satyawart Kadian, Roubaljeet on the second day of the National wrestling championship at the Nandini Nagar College Sports Complex here on Monday.

Amit Dhankar, an Asian champion in 2013, rallied to beat defending champion Vinod Kumar 10-3.   -  R.V Moorthy

Haryana girl Pinki upset Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and two-time defending champion Navjot Kaur 9-2 in the final to clinch the women’s 69kg gold medal on the second day of the National wrestling championship at the Nandini Nagar College Sports Complex here on Monday.

Railways wrestler Navjot took an early lead by grabbing two points through a fine counter-attack but Pinki bounced back for a spectacular takedown following a kick on her opponent’s leg.

Navjot hurt her neck in the process but continued to fight. However, she struggled to give her best as Pinki widened her lead.

In another closely-contested bout, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Satyawart Kadian staved off a strong challenge from young Roubaljeet Singh of Punjab to record a 8-2 win in the final and retain his 97kg freestyle crown.

Earlier, Roubaljeet, a bronze medallist in the last edition, had stunned seasoned wrestler and former National champion Mausam Khatri 19-9 on his way to the summit clash.

Amit Dhankar, an Asian champion in 2013, rallied to beat defending champion Vinod Kumar 10-3 to win the 70kg freestyle gold medal.

The medallists:

Men: Freestyle: 61kg: 1. Harful, 2. Vikas, 3. Sharvan and Jobanwant; 70kg: 1. Amit Dhankar, 2. Vinod Kumar, 3. Pankaj Rana and Pritam Dalal; 97kg: 1. Satyawart Kadian, 2. Roubaljeet Singh, 3. Monu and Mausam Khatri.

Greco Roman: 59kg: 1. Vikram, 2. Ravinder, 3. Gyanendra and Gaurav Sharma; 71kg: 1. Deepak Kumar, 2. Mohammad Rafique, 3. Yogesh and Sudhir; 130kg: 1. Naveen Kumar, 2. Manvir Singh, 3. Prem Kumar and Maher Singh.

Women: 53kg: 1. Pinki, 2. Archana, 3. Arpana and Seema Kumari; 60kg: Sarita Mor, 2. Manisha, 3. Moniya and Babita Rani; 69kg: 1. Pinki, 2. Navjot Kaur, 3. Rajni and Kavita.

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