Sakshi, Bajrang eye medals at World Wrestling Championships
Paris: With their eyes firmly trained on winning medals, Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik and Asian champion Bajrang Punia will spearhead the Indian challenge at the World Wrestling Championships, starting on Monday.
All eyes would be on Rio Games bronze-winner in 58kg, Sakshi, who bagged a silver medal at the Asian Championship in May after climbing up a division to 60kg category.
Having qualified in the same category for this championships, Sakshi would be hoping to do one better when she takes on the mat on Thursday in the women's wrestling competition.
Vinesh Phogat, another silver medallist at the Asian Championship, will also fancy her chances in women's 48kg.
Although Vinesh had won the Asian Championship silver in 55kg after making a comeback from an injury she had suffered during the Rio Games, the 22-year-old is back in her preferred 48kg category.
Besides Vinesh, none of the other Phogat sisters are part of the World Championship as two of the most famous — Geeta and Babita — didn't even participate in the trials, while the younger ones — Ritu and Sangeeta — failed to qualify.
Meanwhile, in men's freestyle, bronze medallist of the 2013 Budapest edition, Bajrang would be eyeing a gold this time around with his confidence high after finishing on top of the podium at the Asian Championship.