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Women grapplers bring cheer

other Updated: Apr 22, 2013 00:38 IST
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India’s women wrestlers continued their good run in the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships by picking up a silver and two bronze to add to the country's medals tally.

On the penultimate day of the continental competition at the IG Indoor Stadium on Sunday, India had a realistic chance of winning gold in the 67kg category but Mongolia’s Nasanburmaa Ochira-bat denied Navjot Kaur the opportunity with her skilful moves.

Navjot, who got a bye in the first round, had outclassed Korean Hyekyung Ham in the semifinal to set up a title clash with Ochirabat. But the Mongolian proved a hard nut to crack. “I tried my best but wasn't able to score points,” she said after winning silver.

Earlier, in the repechage encounter of the 63kg category, Geetika Jakhar defeated Thailan-d’s Wilaiwan Thongkam to win bronze. Jyoti gave a good account of herself in 72kg. She also entered the repechage round where she got the better of Kazakhstan's Elnira Syzdykova to clinch the second bronze. India's third bronze came in the men's 120kg when Hitender overpowered Dmitriy Popov of Kazakhstan.

The day, however, belonged to China, who walked away with the overall title in the women's group.