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Asian Games: Pincky Balhara Wins Kurash Silver — All You Need to Know About the Sport

19-year-old Pincky Balhara won the silver medal in women's 52 kg Kurash at the Asian Games on Tuesday.

Pratik Sagar | News18 Sports

Updated:August 28, 2018, 8:28 PM IST
Asian Games: Pincky Balhara Wins Kurash Silver — All You Need to Know About the Sport
Pincky Balhara

New Delhi: 19-year-old Pincky Balhara won the silver medal in women's 52 kg Kurash at the Asian Games on Tuesday.

Balhara lost to Uzbekistan's Gulnor Sulaymanova 0-10 in the championship bout — who is the reigning Asian Champion and she also took the top spot at the World Championships last year. Earlier in the day, Yallappa lost to Sulaymanova 0-10 in the semifinal to claim the bronze as both the semifinalists are assured of medals.

How Balhara got to the Asian Games is a fascinating story. The team had to go to Uzbekistan for a 20-day training camp ahead of the Games and help came from his village.

"People in my village pooled in Rs 1.75 lakh to send me to training camp. They all have supported me a lot. I am forever indebted to them," a teary-eyed Balhara said.

Balhara, hailing from Neb Sarai village in Delhi, and Jadhav from Belgaum made history by winning the silver and bronze in the 52kg category. The sport is making its debut at the Asian Games.

While Indian athletes won laurel for the country in Indonesia, not many know what the sport is all about. Kurash holds similarities with judo (minus the groundwork) and is commonly known as standing judo. The primary objective is to throw the opponent on the ground on the back by grabbing the towel around their waist.

Athletes can claim points in Kurash via three moves - Halal, Yambosh and Chala.

The player who scores a Halal claims victory in the bout and one needs to throw the opponent on his back with full control to score points through this method. Yambosh is when a player throws his opponent a bit closer and two Yambosh in the match make one Halal, which in turn helps the athlete claim victory. A throw, which is not Yambosh is called Chala and these are independent moves.

An athlete can commit only two penalties during the course of a bout — Tambik and Dakki. The third penalty, which is called as Girrom means the athlete is disqualified.

((With PTI Inputs))

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| Edited by: Pratik Sagar
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