Grappler Divya wins a lucky bronze

Kirti Patil
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Divya Kakran manages to put it across Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the Women’s freestyle 68-kg to bring home bronze medal.



Kirti Patil

Jakarta: Indian wrestlers virtually wrapped up their campaign with a bronze medal when Divya Kakran managed to put it across Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the Women’s freestyle 68-kg bronze medal bout at the JCC Assembly Hall here  on Tuesday.

Four more weight categories in Men’s Greco-Roman style remains to be contested on Wednesday, but given India’s past record in this style of wrestling medals will be a far cry. Divya’s medal, in the process, took Indian medal tally into double digit.

This was the only silver lining on the day as the Greco-Roman matmen did very little to enhance their reputation and that of India.

Though they have one more day of action, it will be a big ask for them do anything different than what they had been doing all these years-return home without a medal, yet again!

However, Indian wrestlers can feel proud having won two gold and one bronze, that what they did in Incheon, where they returned with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Indeed, the number of medals may be less but they could improve upon their previous best to add two more gold to the kitty.

As for Divya, she should thank her stars that her first round opponent from Mongolia, Sharkhuu Tumentsetseg, made it to the final after losing 1-11. After such a resounding loss nobody gave Divya a semblance of a chance in the repechage bout.

But then Divya was in a zone of her own and taking on the Chinese Taipei’s wrestler with her perfect caution and attack. Making quick inroads, the Indian was able to confuse her opponent and claim the first two points within seconds of the start.

Thereafter, the clueless Taipei grappler was left to fend for herself but in the process her defence wilted and Divya was all over, claiming the 10 points needed in just 89 seconds to grab the bronze. A happy Divya was pleased with the way she was able to grab the chance with both hands when it presented itself.

“I was determined to go all out and I am happy I was able to succeed,” said the 20-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh. Incidentally, this was her first Asiad medal and she called up home to and spoke to her parents.
“My parents are already celebrating but we will have a quite celebration tonight at the village,” said Divya on Tuesday.

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the WFI chief and also the Chef-de-mission was immensely pleased that Divya picked up a bronze. “I congratulated her personally. She was a gutsy performer and I liked the way she attacked right from the start,” he said.

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