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Hooda announces Rs. 3 lakh each for Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat

UNI , Agencies  Chandigarh, September 29, 2012
First Published: 23:04 IST(29/9/2012) | Last Updated: 23:06 IST(29/9/2012)

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has announced a cash award of Rs. three lakh each  for Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat, the women wrestlers hailing from the state, for winning Bronze medals in the ongoing Women's World Wrestling Championship at Edmonton, Canada.

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Geeta Phogat won second medal for the country in the Women's World Wrestling Championship in Edmonton by securing the bronze in the 55 kg freestyle category. She got the better of Ukraine's Nataliya Synyshyn 3:0 in the final of Repechage 1 on Friday.

Babita has clinched the Bronze medal in 51 Kg category after defeating Zamira Rakhmanova from Russia in the repechage round. Although she lost to Jessica Anne Marrie Macdonald Bondy from Canada in the semi-final round, she clinched the medal after defeating Zamira Rakhmanova from Russia in the repechage round.

Congratulating the two women wrestlers for their feat, Hooda said that their achievement in the World Championship had made the whole state and the country proud and once again proven that the girls were not less than boys in any manner.

"Time and time again, various Haryana girls have made the country and the state proud with their sterling performances in different fields," he added.

He recalled the achievements of Saina Nehwal, Kalpana Chawla and Krishna Poonia among others in this context. Many others would inspiration from their outstanding performance in their respective fields, he added.

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