Wrestler Babita wins bronze at World Championships in Canada

Sep 29, 2012, 10:02 IST | A Correspondent

Babita Kumari (51kg) became only the second Indian female wrestler to win a World Championship medal after she clinched a bronze in Edmonton, Canada

Babita reportedly beat Zamira Rakhmanova from Russia in the repechage round to win the bronze yesterday. 

In the semi-final, Babita lost to local girl Jessica Anne Marrie Macdonald Bondy after which she entered the repechage where she won the bronze.

Super sisters 
Besides Babita (22), and her elder sister Geeta (23) too is a top national level wrestler having done India proud buy winning gold in the 55 Kg category at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Babita had won silver in the 51 Kg category in Delhi.

The Haryana-based
sisters train under their father Mahabir Singh, who was a student of legendary pehelwaan Chandgi Ram.

The sisters are a rage back home in Haryana’s Billali village, where their father has actually built a wrestling akhara inside their home to groom his girls. According to the sisters, their father was so inspired after seeing Karnam Malleswari bring the country its first Olympic bronze medal in weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Games, that he decided his daughters would be athletes too.
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Alka Tomar, who also won the bronze in 2006 China, is the first Indian woman to win a World Championship medal. In the semi-qualification round, Babita defeated Hsin-Ju Chiu from Chinese Taipei.

In the qualification round, she beat Japanese Risako Kawai.

Silpi Sheoran (59kg) and Navjot Kaur (67kg) finished fifth in their weight categories.

India are participating in all seven weight categories (48kg, 51kg, 55kg, 59kg, 63kg, 67kg and 72 Kg) that ends on Saturday. 

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