Indian wrestler Neha Sharma secured a spot in the bronze-medal round by triumphing over Mariia Vynnyk in the repechage, while her fellow wrestlers, Sarita Mor and Divya Kakran, faced disappointment in their preliminary round matches at the UWW World Wrestling Championships on Tuesday.
Neha, who competed in the non-Olympic 55kg category, achieved a 7-4 points victory over the seventh-seeded Mariia Vynnyk from Ukraine, earning herself a chance to compete for the bronze medal against Anastasia Blayvas of Germany.
The hopes of the four wrestlers reaching the bronze-medal round through the repechage path were dashed because the competitors they had been defeated by did not advance to the final round. The repechage is a lifeline for wrestlers who are defeated in the pre-quarterfinals or beyond, offering them a chance to rekindle their prospects in the competition, provided that their previous opponents make it to the final match.
The Indian team is participating under the banner of the United World Wrestling (UWW) since the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has faced suspension from the global organization due to its failure to conduct timely elections. India’s Performance in World Wrestling Championships is not so wonderful.