Wrestler Simran won a silver medal in women’s freestyle 43 kg category competition after she lost to Emily Shilson of United States in the final bout.
Simran, who had won a 40kg class bronze in the 2017 Cadet World Championships, lost 6-11 as the American registered a ‘victory by points’ to clinch the gold. Simran conceded a 2-9 lead to Shilson in the first period and that virtually sealed her fate. The Indian produced a better show in the second period by scoring 4 points as against 2 by her American opponent but that proved to be too little, too late to have any impact on the result of the bout. The 16-year-old became only the third Indian wrestler to win a medal at the Youth Olympics.
While the youngster tried gymnastics and badminton initially, her father introduced her to wrestling. Her life, inevitably, revolved around wrestling. Simran won her first national title in the sub-junior and junior nationals in Srinagar in 2014 before winning the gold in China. She won a silver medal at the Asian Cadet Championships in Bangkok last year before a bronze at the World cadet Championships in Greece the same year. This year has brought a bronze at the Asian Cadet Championships in Tashkent, apart from the sub-junior national title in Pune.
Congratulations to Simran.