Pooja Dhanda becomes only the fourth Indian women grappler to win a medal at the World Championship, grabbing a bronze with over 2017 European champion Grace Jacob Bullen, here on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Pooja executed a four-point throe in each of the two periods in the 57kg contest to deliver the best performance of her career.
It is India’s second medal at the championship after Bajrang Punia’s silver medal performance in the men’s freestyle 65kg category.
It is a second big medal for Pooja this season, having won a silver the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Only Alka Tomar (2006), Geeta (2012) have won bronze medals for India at the Worlds before Pooja’s memorable medal victory.
She opened up a 4-1 lead with a throw, which she found on a counter-attack. She consolidated it with a roll and took a 6-1 lead.
After conceding a point for a step out, Pooja stunned the Norwegian with another four-point throw, to zoom to 10-2. Grace reduced the gap with a takedown and a couple of push outs to put pressure on the Indian, but that was not enough.
From Online Sources