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A blockbuster clash between comeback girl Geeta Phogat and world championship bronze medallist Sarita Mor is keenly anticipated, while Narsingh Pancham Yadav and Gourav Balian will also be eager to prove themselves when the National Wrestling Championships begin here from Thursday.

Geeta, 32, is making a come back to the competitive wrestling after giving birth to her son, Arjun in 2018.

Set to compete in 59kg, the national event will help Geeta assess herself as she has a long term goal of competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Much water has flown under the bridge since she stopped competing on the mat and it will be interesting to see how the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist responds to the challenges ahead.

New rules are in place and the standard of Indian wrestling has also improved in the last few years.

But she has got a good start as save the close semifinal, Geeta easily cleared the state trials where she beat four Haryana grapplers to emerge the winner.

“My confidence got a good boost at state trials. I am pretty excited for the Nationals. It feels like a new beginning,” Geeta told PTI.

Her biggest competitor would be Sarita, who last month won a bronze at the Oslo Worlds, where she beat defending world…

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