In the last one minute, she kept attacking and gained In the last one minute, she kept attacking and gainedfour more points. In fact, Sakshi earned as many as 10 pointscompared to just one by the Mongolian in the second period toseal off the issue in style. As Sakshi had reached the quarterfinals, she needed tofight only one repechage round as compared to the other twoopponents of the Russian girl, whom she had beaten in theearlier two rounds – pre-quarters and qualification. Koblova had beaten Luisa Niemesch of Germany in thequalification round before defeating MongoliaÂ’s Orkhon in thepre-quarterfinals. Therefore, in the first repechage round, these twograpplers from Germany and Mongolia faced each other. And thewinner of that bout (Mongolian girl) then took on Sakshi inrepechage round 2 for a place in the bronze medal play-off. Sakshi had to get the better of the Mongolian grappler inthe repechage round 2 and she did just that to advance to thebronze medal play off. In the bronze play-off too Sakshi’s winning move that gother two points initially was challenged by her Kyrgyztan rivaland it was reviewed and she was awarded an extra point by thejudges much to her rival’s chagrin. The other bronze was won by Marwa Amri of Tunisia. Earlier in the day, Sakshi went down in the quarterfinalslosing 2-9 to Koblova. Having conceded one point in the first period of herquarterfinal fight because of passivity, Sakshi did well toearn two points in the second period after taking-down theRussian girl. But Koblova, with enormous strength, hit back almostimmediately to pocket four points and then gained another twoto open up a 7-2 lead. The Russian then closed the door on Sakshi by bagginganother two points to win the bout and make the semifinals.In the first two rounds, Sakshi came back from behind toregister impressive wins. Making a strong comeback from a 0-4 down, Sakshi defeatedSwedenÂ’s Malin Johanna Mattsson 5-4 in the qualification roundShe was down 0-4 after the first period but quickly madeamends in the second period. Sakshi managed to pull two pointsback before pushing her rival out of the mat to grab anotherpoint. With just 10 seconds remaining, Sakshi desperately neededone more point to post a win and she held her nerves as shetook down the Swedish girl in those dying moments to post anarrow victory. In the pre-quarters, she once again eked out a narrow 5-5win over Mariana Cherdivara Esanu of Republic of MoldovaIn the opening period of the pre-quarterfinal bout, Sakshi got30 seconds to earn points but she failed and that gaveCherdivara a point. The girl from Moldova then put Sakshi down on the mat togain another two points and lead 3-0 at the break. In the second period, the Indian failed to take advantageof the 30 seconds she got and handed Cherdivara another point.Sakshi then came back strongly to post a double take down,which earned her four crucial points at one go and helped hersurge ahead to a 5-3 lead. Although Cherdivara, with her own take-down, gained twopoints to make the scores level at 5-5 with just 19 secondsleft on the clock, the Indian was declared winner on biggerpoints gain. PTI CM AT SSRSSR


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