The Indian contingent won the team title at the Bolat Turlykhanov Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan. India after winning three gold and a bronze medal on Saturday, added two gold, one silver and one bronze and registered a total of 192 points, 20 more than second-placed Kazakhstan.
Sarita Mor defeated Azerbaijan’s Zhala Aliyeva 10-0 while Manisha beat Azerbaijan’s Elis Manolova 8-0 for the top honour to win their gold medals. Similarly, Bipasha and Sushma Shokeen also won silver and bronze, respectively, to help India lift the title.
Whereas Mansi in the 57kg category, Sakshi Malik in the 62kg category, Divya Kakran in the 68kg had won gold on Friday while Pooja Sihag (76kg) had grabbed a bronze. Whereas in the men’s freestyle, Mohit won the 125kg bronze as he registered an 8-2 win over Sardorbek Kholmatov, taking India’s tally to 10 medals in the tournament.
Addressing her victory, Mor shared a bunch of pictures from the tournament which was accompanied by a heartfelt caption. “With the love and blessings of all the countrymen, I got a gold medal for the country in the world ranking series Almaty Kazakhstan, I hope you will continue your blessings on me like this, because of which I will make my India country on the flag of the world Making me proud Let me stay (translated from Hindi),” the caption said.
While talking about her win, Sarita Mor expressed elation with the result and addressed that her next target is qualifying for the Paris Olympics. She said, “I am feeling so good and I have had 4 competitions here. Apart from the Asian qualifiers here I have managed to win a medal here. The best feeling is always when the Indian flag is raised,” she said.
“I would agree that the level of competition was a notch below when compared to the Asian Championship. But I had seen the entries in both 57 and 59 kg categories and since there was better competition in 59 kg, I competed in this category,” Sarita told PTI. “The target is to qualify for Paris Olympics and my focus would be on that. These victories give confidence,” she added.