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Asian Championships: India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers put on a super show, take three bronze medals

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Asian Championships: India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers take three bronze medal-On the first day of the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, India’s Greco Roman wrestlers made up for their absence at the previous edition of the continental meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan, by winning three bronze medals. Follow Insidesport.IN for all Sports NEWS and Updates.

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Asian Championships: India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers put on a super show, take three bronze medals

At the Almaty competition last year, India won 14 medals, including five gold and six silver, to rank third in the medal table. However, the men’s and women’s freestyle wrestlers had won all of the medals. Sunil Kumar, a two-time medalist in Ulaanbaatar, was India’s best shot for a medal.

The 23-year-old from Dabarpur village in Haryana won bronze in the 87kg category. Sunil defeated local boy Batbayar Lutbayar by ‘technical superiority’ after taking a 5-0 lead early in the bout. In his semifinal match, the Indian lost 8-0 by ‘technical fall’ to Uzbekistan’s Jalgasbay Berdimuratov, the 82kg gold medalist from the previous competition. Sunil was seeded fourth in the quarterfinals, and his first match was against Sumi Masato of Japan, which the Indian won 5-3.

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Asian Championships: India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers put on a super show, take three bronze medals

Arjun Halakurki won the bronze medalist lay-off in the 55kg division, beating Mongolian Davaabandi Munkh Erdene 10-7 to add to the country’s medal total. Earlier in the tournament, the Indian was defeated 10-1 by Kazakhstan’s Amangali Bekbolatov. Arjun had previously finished third on the podium in the Asian meet in 2020, and this was his second bronze.

In the 63kg category, Neeraj won bronze by defeating Islomjon Bakhramov of Uzbekistan 7-4 in the repechage. Neeraj had lost in the quarterfinals to Kyrgyzstan’s Tynar Sharshenbekov, the eventual champion. Sajan Bhanwal (77kg) and Prem Kumar (130kg), two other Indians in the competition, were unable to enter their names on the medal sheet. Prem lost his 130kg qualification match to Iran’s Arnir Mohammadall Ghasemimonjazi, while Sajan was defeated by Japan’s Kodai Sakuraba.

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