India finishes runner-up at Cadet World C’ship

India won two gold and five bronze medals to total 69 points on the final day of the women’s competition.

Minakshi (left) defeated Moldova’s Mariana Dragutan 6-2 in the 52kg.   -  United World Wrestling

Anshu won India's second gold as the women's wrestling team finished second behind Japan in the Cadet World Championship at Athens late on Friday night. The 2-0 win against Japan's Naomi Ruike in the 60kg final saw India finish with two gold and five bronze medals to total 69 points on the final day of women's competition.

Japan ended with 94 points for the top spot while Russia came third with 58 points. This is India's best-ever finish in the competition. The other Indian wrestlers in action, however, failed to cross the semifinal hurdle and had to settle for bronze medals. Simran thrashed Caitlyn Ann Walker of USA 10-0 to win by fall in the 40kg, Manisha defeated Spaniard Ana Maria Torres Rubio 3-2 in the 46kg and Minakshi beat Moldova's Mariana Dragutan 6-2 in the 52kg respectively.

The lone Indian wrestler in action to lose out on a medal on the day was Karuna, going down narrowly 6-4 to Poland's Wiktoria Choluj in the bronze medal playoff for the 70kg.