Divya Kakran bags bronze in 68kg women’s wrestling

Vastavam web: Divya Kakran shrugged off a crushing quarterfinal defeat to bag a bronze, ensuring that medals continued to come from the wrestling arena even as three other Indians crashed out early at the Asian Games on tuesday. Kakran was demolished by the experienced Mongolian Tumentsetseg Sharkhuu in the 68kg category but the Delhi athlete was lucky as she did not even have to come through a repechage to be in contention for bronze.

Divya had won a bronze at the 2018 Gold Coast CWG and silver at the recently-held Asian Junior Championship in New Delhi. “This is my first Asian Games and first medal. I am glad I could I do it. The coach (Kuldeep Malik) had more confidence in me than myself,” Divya said. “In Delhi, I was desperate to get gold, so committed mistakes. Here I knew that gold and silver has gone out of reach, so fought hard for whatever was available. I just went for it,” she said.

Divya’s medal came after three other wrestlers could not reach the medal round. Kiran was ousted from 76kg. With this the Indian women’s campaign ended with two medals. Vinesh Phogat had won a gold in the 50kg yesterday. The Greco Roman competition started today but India did not have anything to cheer about.