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Wrestling: Vinesh and Shaksi qualifies trials

Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik were expectedly not troubled but World Championship bronze medallist Pooja Dhanda was sensationally knocked out by Sarita Mor in the World Championship trials, here on Sunday.

With only three wrestlers competing in the 53kg, Vinesh had to wrestle with just one rival and she emerged a 9-0 winner against Pinki in the final round.

The 57kg was the toughest category of the day with Pooja, who was stretched in the semifinal by Anshu. Sarita, on the other hand, came out all guns blazing and despite suffering a knee injury after 52 seconds into the final bout, she emerged stronger.

It was a battle of both physical and mental strength. Sarita, who won a silver at the Asian Championship in 2018, stood out with her mental strength as well as her solid defence. She attacked a number of times but holding off Pooja worked well for her.
 

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