Sonam Malik made it three-in-three in her face-offs with Sakshi Malik on Saturday to not only reiterate her top position in the 62kg but also move closer to the Olympic dream on Day One of the 23rd Women’s Wrestling National Championships here.

Representing Haryana, the 18-year old Sonam beat Sakshi, India’s maiden women’s wrestling Olympic medalist, 7-5 to retain the national title.

It was her third win over the senior pro in as many meetings since last year, proving the previous ones were no fluke and signifying a passing of baton, as it were.

Sonam Malik downs Sakshi again, makes cut for Olympic qualifiers

Sonam had first caused a flutter when she beat Sakshi at the selection trials for the Rome Rankings Series and Asian Championships last year but failed to win a medal in either.

She then pinned Sakshi at the selection trials for the Olympic Qualifiers in February…

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