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WRESTLING: Yana Rattigan loses out to India’s Vinesh

Wrestler Yana Rattigan had to settle for Commonwealth Games silver when she was beaten by Vinesh of India in the freestyle 48kgs at the SECC on Tuiesday.

The 27-year-old was born in the Ukraine, but missed out on fighting for Great Britain at the London Olympics when her international clearance did not come through on time.

Rattigan - whose husband Leon won a Commonwealth Games bronze in Dehli four years ago and will fight here on Wednesday - recovered from going behind early on to lead 4-2, but trailed 6-4 at the end of round one.

Although Rattigan, European silver medalist in 2013, fought back to 11-8 heading into the final 30 seconds, it was not enough for gold and her pain was evident as she broke out in tears.

Scotland’s Fiona Robertson, beaten by Rattigan in their quarter-final, fought for one of the bronze medals against Rebecca Muambo of Cameroon.

Muambo - who knocked the Scot’s twin sister Donna out earlier in the competition - controlled the contest, beating the 45-year-old 2002 Judo Commonwealth Games medalist 10-0 in less than two and a half minutes.

In the men’s 57kg, Bolton wrestler Craig Pilling took bronze for Wales when he beat English teenager Omar Tafail 8-5.

The gold went to Amit Kumar of India, who defeated Nigerian Ebikweminomo Welson 6-2.

Rattigan was distraught as she left the mat, taking some time to compose herself and wipe away the tears before returning to the mixed zone for interviews.

“There were a couple of moments where this was my match, like in the very first move I did, normally I pin from that move, like I did on the way to the final, but she is so damn good,” Rattigan said.

“I am selfish, I wanted the gold, but I have to wait for another time.

“Every competition is experience, they say it is like two months of training.

“In wrestling, you can win against a strong person and then lose against a person who is weaker than you.

“The gold goes to the person for whom it all came together the most.

“I just did not do something right.”

 

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