Sakshi Malik sails into final in Belarus, Pooja to fight for bronze

Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik has a shot at gold in the Medved International wrestling tournament in Belarus, while compatriot Pooja Dhanda has a chance to win a bronze medal.

Sakshi Malik will face Marianna Sastin of Hungary in Sunday's final. (File Image)   -  AFP

Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik sailed into the final of the 62kg category of the Medved International wrestling tournament in Minsk, Belarus Saturday.

Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi, who returned empty-handed from the Jakarta Asian Games, defeated Elmira Gambarova of Azerbaijan 6-2 in the semifinal to set up a title clash against Marianna Sastin of Hungary on Sunday. Sakshi had earlier defeated Lais Nunes de Oliveira of Brazil 7-2 in the quarterfinals.

The other Indian in fray, Pooja Dhanda, however was ousted in the quarterfinals after losing 0-10 against Battsetseg Altantsetseg of Mongolia in the 57kg category. She had earlier defeated Giullia Oliveira of Brazil 11-4 in the qualification round.

Pooja, however, will have a chance to at least claim a bronze as she takes on Becka Leathers of USA in the repechage round Sunday.

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