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Sarita Mor gets better of Geeta Phogat to win gold in senior national championships, Sakshi Malik ousted early

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Gonda (Uttar Pradesh), Nov 12 (MNN) Sarita Mor beat Geeta Phogat in women’s 59kg division in the senior national wrestling championships 2021 here on Friday, denying Phogat a golden return to competitive wrestling after three years.

Geeta Phogat — a former Commonwealth Games champion and world championships bronze medallist — cruised to the final despite the nationals being her first competitive event since becoming a mother in 2018.

But Sarita Mor — another bronze winner at the world championships – had other plans and beat the Haryana wrestler 8-0 in the final.

Interestingly, Geeta Phogat had lost to Sarita Mor in the gold medal match in 2017 also – the last time she competed at the nationals before going on a maternity break.

Rio 2016 Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik, meanwhile, endured disappointment in the women’s 62kg weight category as she was shown the door early by Haryana’s Manisha.

Geeta’s sister Sangeeta Phogat eventually won the gold medal in the 62kg division, beating Ritu Rani by technical superiority in the final.

Sangeeta’s husband, Tokyo 2020 medallist Bajrang Punia, was in the crowd to watch his better half in action.

The women’s 72kg saw a major upset with Divya Kakran, the reigning Asian champion and a bronze medallist from the recent U23 world championships, stunned by Railways’ Pinki, the eventual gold medallist. Divya Karkran, however, came back to win bronze.

Shivani Pawar, who won silver at the recent U23 worlds, continued her good form as she picked up gold in the women’s 50kg category, beating Tokyo 2020 Olympian Seema Bisla in the semi-finals before pinning junior worlds bronze medallist Simran for the title.

In men’s 92kg, Sakshi Malik’s husband and former Youth Olympics medallist Satyawart Kadiyan secured gold after downing Maharashtra’s Harshavardhan 8-2 in the final.

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