Indian wrestler Pinki will carry the country’s medal hopes to the World Wrestling Championships after the poor performance of the men’s freestyle team in Oslo, Peru. Pinki nearly pinned German rival Nina Hemmer before losing the thriller in the 55kg semi-final. She lost 6-8 to miss a historic final on Monday.
Pinki had looked strong in her first bouts, but first struggled against Hemmer. She was trailing 0-4 after the German made a retreat and followed her with a quick adjustable wrench.
The 2020 Asian Championship gold medalist continued to seek the opening. She found one on an attack to the right leg to get a two-point strikeout in the semifinals of the wrestling world championships.
Pinki held Hemmer in a firm grip and held the German in that position long enough to be counted as a pin. However, the referees were not convinced to give a “fall” result.
After a break, Pinki tied the score and then took a 6-4 lead with back-to-back eliminations. However, Hemmer again refused to give up and snatched two points to advance to the final at the wrestling world championships.
Meanwhile, the Indian freestyle team returned home without a medal. Ravinder (61 kg) and Rohit (65 kg) almost won bronze but missed the opportunity.
Sangeeta returns to competitive wrestling after three years following knee problems. She affected splendid two-legged attacks in both of her fights. However, she lost points in counterattacks and also ran out of steam against the Brazilian.
Calendar of the 4th day of the wrestling world championships
50kg – Hanny Kumari. Against Mr. Cheon (1/8)
53kg – Pooja Jatt vs Fujinami (1/8)
65kg – Bhateri v Sali Kudaeva (Qual)
76kg – Kiran vs Kim (1/8)
The fights for the wrestling world championships will start at 2 p.m.
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