Star India grappler Vinesh Phogat won her second consecutive gold in 53 kg, wining the Yasar Dogu International with a commanding victory over Russia’s Ekaterina Poleshchuk.

The Indian wrestler, who stood atop the podium at Grand Prix of Spain last week, beat her Russian Opponent 9-5 in the final of UWW ranking-series tournament.

Vinesh was the third recipient of gold in the women’s competition for India after Seema and Manju triumphed in the respective categories.

Divya Kakran, who won gold in Madrid, and Pooja Dhanda, who won a silver, did not reach the medal rounds. While Divya could not clear the qualification round, Pooja lost in the quarterfinals. Sakshi Malik, who was making a comeback after a minor journey, didn’t reach the medal rounds.

In men’s freestyle, Rahul Aware has clinched his first career ranking-series title with a tactical 4-1 victory over Munir Aktas of Turkey. Utkasrh Kale had won bronze in the same category.

Deepak Punia settled for silver in 86 kg after losing the final to Azerbaijan’s Aleksandr Gosttiyev 2-7. Sumit added to India’s tally by winning a bronze in 125 kg.

In the absence of Bajrang Punia, it was Sonba Tanaji Gongane who competed in the 65kg, but lost his bronze medal bout to Turkey’s Cengizhan Erdogan by technical superiority.

Rajneesh(70 kg) and Viky( 92 kg) too lost their bronze medal bout while Amit Dhankar (74 kg) and Styawart Kadiyan (97 kg) could not even cross their qualification rounds.


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