Saweety Bora clinches gold as India bag seven medals
Kaspiysk (Russia)- (Sports Desk)- India’s Saweety Bora (75 kg) outshone her compatriots as she emerged as the sole gold medal winner from the Indian contingent, while in the men’s department, Brijesh Yadav (81 kg) and Virendra Kumar (91 kg) suffered heartbreak in the finals and settled for silver, here at the Umakhanov Memorial Tournament.
Saweety started off well but her opponent, Anna Anfinogenova from Russia, fought tooth and nail to keep the contest evenly contested. But the Indian lass retained the upper hand in the clash to emerge victorious with a split decision to stamp her authority on the gold medal.
However, in the men’s division, Brijesh Yadav couldn’t cope up against his Russian opponent’s quickness and settled for silver. Rabadanov towered over the Indian with his punches and beat him 5-0. Another Indian finalist, Virender Kumar also suffered the same fate as his compatriot and settled for silver after being defeated from A. Bwambale of Sweden by a similar scoreline.
Earlier, three Indian women – Pinki Rani (51 kg), Shashi Chopra (57 kg) and Pavitra (60 kg) — and Gaurav Bidhuri had reached the last four-stage but lost their respective bouts to settle for a bronze medal.
India amassed a total of seven medals which included four bronze, two silver and a lone gold by Saweety Bora.