World Wrestling Championships: India’s Pinki loses in bronze medal bout

The Indian wrestler lost the 55kg medal bout 5-2 to Jenna Burkert. Pooja Jatt and Kiran Bishnoi made the repechage in their respective weight categories.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by United World Wrestling/ Tony Rotundo

India’s Pinki lost 5-2 to Jenna Burkert of the USA in the women’s 55kg bronze medal bout at the World Wrestling Championships 2021 in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday.

Having made the third-place fight following a close loss in the semi-finals on Monday, Pinki was expecting to rediscover the form which handed her some fine victories before the last-four loss.

But Pinki failed to trouble the 2019 Pan American Games silver medallist Jenna Burkert who used her superior leg attacks to notch a commanding win for her maiden world championships medal.

On Wednesday, India’s Pooja Jatt will be in line for a bronze medal in the women’s 53kg category at the Oslo worlds.

Though the Indian wrestler was ousted following a first-round loss toAkari Fujinami of Japan, with Fujinami making the final, Pooja Jatt was pushed into the repechage round in the weight division.

The Indian grappler will wrestle with Luisa Melendres of Ecuador in the first repechage round and a win will take her into the bronze medal bout against Poland’s Katarzyna Krawczyk.

Also hoping to land a bronze medal for India will be Kiran Bishnoi in the women’s 76kg category.

The 29-year-old Kiran Bishnoi beat her opening round bout to Cholee Kim of South Korea 6-0 but fell 5-0 to USA’s Adeline Maria Gray in the quarters. However, with her opponent reaching the final, the Indian wrestler made the repechage round.

The Indian wrestler will face Turkey’s Aysegul Ozbege in the repechage bout. A win will see her line up against Samar Hamza of Egypt for the bronze medal.

Earlier, India’s Hanny Kumari bowed out of the women’s 50kg category following a 10-0 loss on technical superiority against Nadezhda Sokolova of the Russian Wrestling Federation (RWF) in the quarter-finals. The Indian wrestler had beaten South Korea’s Miran Cheon 9-2 in the opening round.

In the women’s 65kg weight division, India’s Bhateri suffered an 8-0 opening-round loss to Dinara Salikhova of the Russian Wrestling Federation.