Vinesh Phogat’s hoodoo against Japanese world No.3 Mayu Mukaida continued as the Asian Games gold medallist lost 2-6 in her 53kg bout at the Asian Wrestling Championships here on Friday.

It was the third time that Vinesh lost to Mukaida, but the margin of defeat has come down in each passing bout. Vinesh was still fresh to the 53kg weight class when she first faced Mukaida in last year’s Asian Championships in China. She had lost the bout 0-10.

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The next bout came in the 2019 World Championships in Kazakhstan in which Vinesh lost 0-7. At the KD Jadhav wrestling hall on Friday, the score was 6-2 in the Japanese wrestler’s favour.

Vinesh said the reduced margin of victory was the result of all that she has been working on.

“She has got more experience than me in this category. For me, this is all part of the…

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