Asian Wrestling Championships – Sanjeet wins bronze, Deepak Punia settles for silver as India end Asian Championship campaign with 14 medals, Watch Highlights on WrestlingTV Deepak Punia suffered a heavy defeat in the final of the 86kg category in Asian Wrestling Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The match lasted only around three minutes as Hassan Aliazam Yazdanicharati of Iran completely dominated the bout from the beginning and reached the score of 10-0 six seconds short of halftime, to force the end of the match through technical superiority.
Earlier, Ravinder too suffered a defeat in this manner in the bronze medal match of the 61kg category as he lost 14-4 to Khadzhimurod of Kyrgyzstan.
However, to provide some joy to Indian fans, Sanjeet won the bronze in the 92kg category holding back a spirited fightback from Shodiev of Uzbekistan. After leading 11-2, Sanjeet floundered as his opponent reduced the lead to just three points towards the end of the match. But the Indian grappler held on in the final few seconds to win a medal.
Deepak had reached the final with a confident 2-0 win over Korea’s Gwanuk Kim in the semifinal.
Showing tremendous skills in defence, Olympic-bound Deepak Punia had earned himself a shot at a maiden Asian Championship title while Ravinder (61kg) and Sanjeet (92kg) earned a chance to win bronze.
The Indian, who secured his Olympic quota with a World Championship bronze, earned both his points on the passivity of his opponent.
Deepak’s defensive tactics won him bouts against Uzbekistan’s Isa Shapiev (9-2) and Tajikistan’s Bakhodur Kodirov (4-3).
In the 61kg, disappointment was in store for Ravinder as he lost the bronze medal match to Khadzhimurod of Kyrgyzstan 14-4. It was a one-sided contest as the Kyrgyz wrestler dominated the proceedings and built up a huge lead before Ravinder tried to fight back and scored two quick points in the last minute. But the lead was too big and Khadzhimurod sealed the match by earning a 10-point lead and forcing the referee to end the contest.
Ravinder began with a close 4-3 win over Iran’s Majid Almas Dastan but lost his 4-7 semifinal defeat against Kazakhstan’s Adlan Aakarov.
The home wrestler’s relentless attack resulted in him getting out of breath in the second period but Ravinder could not take advantage of that.
Asian Wrestling Championship Final: Ravi Dahiya bags gold, Bajrang Punia concedes final to Otoguro, watch LIVE streaming on Wrestling TV
Earlier, Ravi Dahiya made India proud by bagging the gold medal in the 57kg weight category of the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championship by defeating his opponent Sarlak A of Iran and defending his title. However, in the 65kg category, Bajrang Punia conceded the final to Japan’s Takuto Otoguro through a walkover.
The reason for Bajrang not competing in the final is, apparently, an injury. However, this news has been put out by ANI and is yet to be confirmed through an official communication.
Bajrang had earlier continued his stellar form after becoming World No 1 in the ranking series last month to advance the finals of the 65kg at the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championship in Almaty Kazakhstan.
Bajrang faced his arch-nemesis Takuto Otoguro of Japan in the gold medal bout. The 2018 CWG gold winner got the better of Korean grappler Yongseok Jeong 3-0 in the quarterfinals before outclassing Sarmandakh Bilguun from Mongolia convincingly by 7-0 to assure his finals berth.
Asian Wrestling Championships -Deepak Punia settles for silver as India end Asian Championship campaign with 14 medals, Watch Highlights on WrestlingTV