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Anshu gets bronze in the Junior World Championships

Wrestler Anshu Malik (59kg) won the bronze at the Junior World Championships.

Trnava (Slovakia)

Wrestler Anshu Malik (59kg) won the bronze at the Junior World Championships. Anshu (in pic) beat Russia's Alina Kazymova 11-5 in the bronze medal bout after losing her semifinal by technical superiority to Sae Nanjo of Japan. In the 57kg category, Mansi had an impressive run till the semifinals, winning both her bouts by technical superiority but lost by fall to Andoriahanako Sawa from Japan. She will now fight it out for the bronze with the winner of the bout between Germany's Serena Boelke and Hannah Fay Taylor of Canada. Karuna (72kg) still has a chance to make it to the bronze medal round. She has to beat Poland's Kamila Czeslawa Kulwicka in the repechage round. She had a poor start, losing by technical superiority to French grappler Koumba Selene Fanta.

New Delhi

Sushil, Yogeshwar mentor Yashvir passes away

Celebrated wrestling coach Yashvir Singh, who mentored Olympics medallists Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, Thursday passed away at a city hospital after a prolonged kidney ailment. Yashvir was 57. Yashvir was a Dronacharya Award-winner and a former national coach.  Yashvir was associated with freestyle wrestling for over three decades and was instrumental in guiding Sushil to podium finishes in back-to-back Olympic Games (2008, 2012) as well as the world title in 2010.

New Delhi

Manika a bit sad as coach ignored for Drona 

An Arjuna Award for her historic achievements has made Manika Batra happy but only just, as she says the Dronacharya snub to her coach Sandeep Gupta has been a dampener. “Yes I wanted him to get the award. But it is the government's decision and we have to respect that,” Manika said. “I was expecting that (Khel Ratna) but there were other deserving athletes. It is fine. I will continue to strive for it,” said the 23-year-old. — Agencies

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