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Commonwealth Wrestling 2017, Women Wrestlers Get Top Honours in Johannesburg

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The first Indian woman to win the gold medal in wrestling at an international event, , Geeta Phogat, achieved another big honour for India. She clinched another gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship 2017, in Johannesburg.

The star wrestler battled it out at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship after two years and didn’t disappoint.

The Indian contingent at the tournament secured 10 gold medals and many silvers on opening day. Indian wrestler and weightlifter made a remarkable day including Ritu Phogat, Vinesh Phogat, and Geeta Phogat all claimed gold while Sangeeta Phogat won the silver medal. The 2017 edition of the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships marked 60 wrestlers participating from India, according to ANI.

Sakshi Malik, after a long gap, clinched a gold. She defeated New Zealand’s Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62 kg category. Other gold medallists are Kiran (72 kg), Ritu Malik (65 kg) and Divya Kakran (68 kg), while Pooja (76 kg) and Ravita (59 kg) won the silver medals. Also, Kavita (76 kg) and Manu (72 kg) settled for the bronze. However, in freestyle wrestling, Vinesh Phogat, Geeta Phogat and Ritu Phogat who also clinched gold in their respective categories.

READ: In A First, 16 Haryana Women Wrestlers In Indian Team

The Olympian wrestler, Geeta was last seen in her ambitious preparation for this season of Colors TV’s adventure reality show ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi 8’ . Though she didn’t win the show, her participation made her the reality show all the more exciting. Then she came back in action after at the All India Police Championship in October and clinched a gold there too.

The Championship witnessed the comeback of double Olympic gold medalist Sushil Kumar.  He won a gold after three years defeating New Zealand Akash Khullar.

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