NEW YORK WEATHER

A tactically superior Sarita Mor bagged the 59kg title with a commanding victory over Geeta Phogat, former Commonwealth Games champion on a comeback trail, on a day when established names such as Divya Kakran and Sakshi Malik lost at the National Wrestling Championship in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

The 59kg category was one of the toughest in the women’s competition with three World Championships medallists in the fray for the title.

Sarita entered the event fresh from her World bronze medal-winning performance while struggling but strong Pooja Dhanda (2018 World bronze winner) needed to get back her old touch.

Making it a tougher bracket was 2012 World bronze winner Geeta, who returned to competitive wrestling after three years following maternity break.

Sarita dominated all her matches en route the title clash as only Pooja Dhanda tested her. She won two matches by fall and one by technical superiority.

As it was anticipated, 26-year-old Sarita and 32-year Geeta entered the final in which the Railways wrestler emerged champion with a 8-0 scoreline.

Sarita was sharp, had more power in her moves in the final against Geeta, who conceded that she let her rival call the shots.

Sarita was aggressive from the beginning while Geeta remained defensive which hurt her chances. Sarita kept tightening…

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