Rising Indian wrestling sensation Antim Panghal is just one more win away from securing gold at the Asian Wrestling Championships after sailing into the 53kg summit clash on Wednesday in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Panghal, who became the first-ever woman wrestler from the country to become the U20 world champion last year, took on Aktenge Keunimjaeva of Uzbekistan in her semifinal round, where she dominated to a stunning 8-1 victory. The 18-year-old will now contest for gold against Akari Fujinami, the Japanese grappling ace who became the world champion in 2021.
On the other hand, Anshu Malik struggled to break into the 57kg final after going down against Japan’s Sae Nanjo, the reigning U23 world champion, and injured her left leg from a vicious twist from the Japanese in the second period of their bout. If she’s able to recover, Anshu will join Manisha (65kg), Reetika (72kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg) to fight for the bronze.
So far, the Indian contingent has bagged six medals in the competition, with four of them in Greco Roman categories. on Tuesday, Nisha Dahiya clinched silver in the 68kg category, while Priya bagged a bronze in the 76kg category.
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