Sonam grabs gold, Komal in final at Cadet World Championship

Sonam trounced China’s Binbin Xiang 7-1 in 65kg final, adding to the gold she won last year. In the 40kg final, Komal will fight it with American Sterling Blayke.

Sonam Malik after winning the gold in the 65kg category of World Cadet Championship.   -  United World Wrestling

India’s Sonam Malik dished out a dominating performance and conceded just three points on her way to a second successive gold medal at the World Cadet Championship while Komal assured herself at least a silver in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Hailing from a small village —Madina — in Haryana’s Sonepat, Sonam trounced China’s Binbin Xiang 7-1 in 65kg final, adding to the gold she won last year.

Sonam, coached by Ajmer Malik at Gohana, began with a 9-1 win over Tunisia’s Khadija Jlassi and followed it up with wins over Lillian Alene Freitas (7-1) and Ekaterina Glukhareva (4-0) en route the final.

In the 40kg final, Komal will fight it with American Sterling Blayke.

Hanny Kumari is in contention for a bronze in 46kg and she is up against Mexico’s Adriana Berenis Hernandez Sanchez while Bhagyashree Fand will clash with Sweden’s Eva Olivia Linnea Forsberg in 61kg bronze medal bout.

Madhuri Patel, though, lost her bronze medal clash 0-8 to Aida Kerymova from Ukraine.

In men’s freestyle, gold eluded the Indian team but as many as four bronze medals were grabbed by the young grapplers.

Udit defeated Azerbaijan’s Javid Javadon 11-2 in the 48kg bronze bout while Aman got the better of Turkey’s Muhammet Karavus in 10-6 in 55kg.

Manish Goswamy bagged bronze in 65kg with a 5-2 win over Azerbaijan’s Kudratbek Nurullaev while Anirudh Kumar defeated Salar Saeid Habibiehsani 8-1 in 110kg.

Sunil lost his bronze medal clash in 51kg while Monu Dahiya suffered same-stage defeat in 92kg.

Others could not reach medal rounds.

In the Greco Roman style, Rupin (48kg semi) and Pravin Pandurang Patil (55kg) have reached the semifinals.