Sonam Malik downed Sakshi Malik for the second time in a row, this time by pinning the Olympic medallist, to make it to the Indian team for next month’s Olympic Qualifiers here on Wednesday.

Asked to re-appear in trials after her not-so-strong performances at the Rome Ranking series event and the recently-concluded Asian Championships, the 18-year-old Sonam tore apart the challenge of established seniors in the 62kg competition. She first got past Radhika, and then, caring little for reputations, beat the Asian Championship 59kg gold medallist Sarita Mor (3-1) in the semifinals. She, then, won by fall against Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi in the final. She pinned Sakshi in the second period when trailing 1-2 with one minute left in the bout.

Nine wrestlers appeared for the 62kg trials, including 2018 World Championship bronze medallist Pooja Dhanda and a few from the upper…

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