Last Championships India had won Four Gold, One Silver and Two Bronze but Japan was absent.
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Indian Women Wrestling contingent who bought glory in the last Asian Championship were sure in for a realty check with Japan participating. After a phenomenal performance by the Greco-Roman grapplers who after blanking in the last championships started of the Indian campain by adding Bronze after Bronze with half the team returing with a medal arond them.
With Vinesh Phogat and Divya Kakran, who were the Gold Medalist in the 2021 not part of the team, India had fielded a relatively inexperienced team at this event. Only Sarita Mor and Anshu Malik could make squad through trials and were in to defend the crown of being Asian Champion. In fact Sarita was in for the third consecutive championship.
Sakshi, Seema and Pooja the other Non-Gold winners from the ’21 championship also were absent in Mongolia. Japan as they were making the return to the Asian Championship after having to pull out just before the start due to close contact with a Covid patient in the last one roared back. They literally swept past the whole ten categories leaving only the 68kg, otherwise they had Gold in for 50, 53, 55, 57, 59, 62, 65 and Silver in 72, 76Kg.
The host also had a phenomenal championship with them medalling in each category except 76Kg , they missed Gold Medals but for sure its work in progress as they won 4 Silver and 5 Bronze Medals.
Anshu Malik who was the defending champion had a superb run till Final but was shocked by the Japanese on her way to Gold in the 57Kg category. Radhika Jaglan did really well for her Silver Medal in the 65Kg category after losing to the Gold Medal winner Japanese in the first match she came back and build from strength to stength to grab silver. It was a group format and she won three of her four matches.
Sushma Shokeen WW55Kg and Manisha Bhanwala WW62 won Bronze medals.
Sarita Mor who came into the championships on the back of two consecutive Asian titles found it tough in this championship as she started her campaign with a loss in the close encounter with the local hope and then running into the Japanese in the next match. She won her next two matches but it was too late and she had to settle for a bronze medal
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