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 Vinesh Phogat clinches gold at Yasar Dogu International
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Vinesh Phogat clinches gold at Yasar Dogu International

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New Delhi, Jul 14 : India's ace grappler Vinesh Phogat clinched her second consecutive gold in 53kg, at Yasar Dogu 2019 Ranking Series tournament in Istanbul on Sunday.
Vinesh edged Russian opponent 9-5 in the final of the UWW ranking series tournament. Last week also, she had bagged yellow metal during the grand prix in Spain.

Another Indian woman wrestlers, Seema and Manju Kumari also won gold medal each 50kg and 59kg category respectively.

In the 50kg finals, Seema beat Valeriya Chepsarakova of Russia, claiming her second career ranking series title with a 3-2 win while Manju dominated against Katsiaryna Hanchar Yanushkevich of Belarus 13-2 in the 59kg finals.

However, Sakshi Malik, who was making a comeback after a minor injury and Pooja Dhanda lost their respective events and crashed out of the tournament.

In men’s wrestling, Rahul Aware won gold in the 61kg freestyle category with a tactical 4-1 victory over Munir Aktas of Turkey while Utkarsh clinched the bronze in the same weight division.

Meanwhile, Deepak Punia settled for silver in the 86kg after losing the final to Azerbaijan's Aleksandr Gostiyev 2-7 while Sumit won a bronze in the 125kg.In the absence of Bajrang Punia, Sonba Tanaji Gongane got the opportunity to compete in the 65kg but lost his bronze medal bout to Turkey's Cengizhan Erdogan by Technical Superiority.

Rajneesh (70kg) and Viky (92kg) too lost their bronze medal bout while Amit Dhankar (74kg) and Styawart Kadiyan (97kg) could not even cross their qualification rounds.
(UNI)