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Mar 08, 2011 at 11:07am IST

India's golden girls: the sportswomen

New Delhi: Meet the Kumari sisters from India's sporting heartland Haryana. Geeta and Babita, the wrestling duo, who made the country proud with a gold and a silver medal.

Geeta said, "We have won before but the publicity now is because the CWG was held in India."

Geeta won India's first ever gold in women's wrestling, pinning down her Australian opponent. Babita had to settle for silver which has only left the shy 19-year-old hungry for more.

Babita said, "Everyone expected a gold from me, that is why the loss hurts so much."

They aren't new to medals and awards but the mass adulation and media interest this time has left the sisters overwhelmed.

Geeta laments, "Even with five international wrestlers in the village there are no facilities. We don't have mats, we use bricks to train.

With little money and no facilities, only the raw hunger to succeed has taken these sisters to the top.