Last update: August 06, 2022, 21:40 IST
Indian wrestler Pooja Gehlot won a bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 50 kg category at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Saturday. She defeated Christel Lamofak Lechidzio of Scotland 12-2.
Pooja started her campaign with a 12-2 win against Scotland’s Christel Lamofak Lechidzio in her first Group A match before losing to Cameroon’s Rebecca Ndoto Mumbo. In the quarters, she lost to Canada’s Madison Park.
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The wrestler Pooja won a silver medal in the 53 kg category at the 2019 U23 World Wrestling Championships, becoming the second Indian woman to win a silver medal in that event. Gehlot participated in the tournament after a two-year layoff due to a shoulder injury.
She was born on 15 March 1997 in Delhi. Her uncle Dharamvir Singh was a wrestler, but her father Vijender Singh was against her wrestling and Gehlot started playing volleyball. She went on to play at the junior national level in volleyball.
Pooja was inspired after Haryana’s Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari Phogat won medals for India at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The success of the Phogat sisters inspired her to turn to wrestling. She started her professional training in 2014. She won the National Junior Wrestling Championship in 2016 in the 48 kg category.
Earlier on Friday, Olympic bronze medalists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik made it official as up-and-coming star Deepak Punia added a third gold to India’s medal tally. Anshu Malik lost in the final while Mohit Grewal and Divya Kakaran bagged a bronze medal each as India bagged three gold, one silver and two bronze medals from the wrestling mat on Friday.
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