The highs of Thursday were tempered with reality on Friday as Indian women wrestlers ran up against a Japanese wall in the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships, faltering in each of the five weight categories on the day.

India only managed to add three bronze and a silver to its previous day’s tally of three golds and a silver. The biggest of the Indian names including Vinesh Phogat were unable to find a way past the Japanese. Drawn up against her nemesis Mayu Mukaida in the quarterfinal, Vinesh was unable to break her losing streak, going down 2-6 before winning 10-0 against Thi Ly Kieu of Vietnam for a consolation bronze.  

Vinesh’s struggles against Mayu would be a concern considered one of the biggest hopes for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics later this year. This was her third straight loss to the Japanese, including quarterfinal losses at the previous edition of this meet…

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