NEW DELHI: Sakshi Malik and Lalita on Friday bagged bronze in Women’s Freestyle 60kg and 55kg categories, respectively, even as Babita Kumari lost out on a third-place finish in 53kg division of the Senior Asian Wrestling Championship in Doha.
Lalita was defeated by North Korea’s Han Kum-ok 3-9 in the semifinal but she managed to settle for a bronze medal in the end in her category.
In a total of five rounds in the 60kg category, Sakshi won two of her bouts to claim the third position.
After going down to Luo Xiaojuan of China 4-5 by Fall Verdict in the first round, she came back strongly in the second to beat Munkhtuya Tungalag of Mongolia 13-0, only to go down to Japan’s Yoshimi Kayama. In the last round, however, the Indian girl could defeat Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova 8-1 to steal the bronze.
Meanwhile, fighting for a podium finish, Babita lost to Zhuldyz Eshimova-Turtbayeva of Kazakhstan 3-6 in the bronze medal playoff. Earlier, she failed to enter the final, losing her semifinal bout to Pak Yong-Mi of North Korea.