Sonam defeats Sakshi to qualify for the Asian Olympic qualifying event and the Asian championships

Sonam Malik defeated the Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik 8-7 in the trials for the women's 62kg weight category held in Lucknow.

Sonam had also defeated Sakshi on January 30 in Agra to clinch the national title. (Representative Image).   -  Getty Images

Promising wrestler and National champion Sonam Malik upset Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik again to book a berth in the Asian Olympic qualifying event and the Asian Championships to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in mid-April.

Sonam defeated Sakshi 8-7 in the trials for the women's 62kg weight category held in Lucknow on Monday. Sonam had beaten Sakshi in the final to win the National title in Agra on January 30.

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Trials were held for women in five Olympic weight categories. Selection for the remaining four categories will be held on March 27.

Vinesh Phogat (53kg) has already earned an Olympic quota place.

The winners: 50kg: Seema, 57kg: Anshu Malik, 62kg: Sonam Malik, 68kg: Nisha, 76kg: Pooja
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