Indian wrestler Harpreet Singh defeated Park Heageun of South Korea 4-1 in the first round of 87kg men’s Greco-Roman category and entered the quarter-finals of the event at the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old wrestler was the first Indian heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler to qualify for the Olympics in 2016.
Hardeep was born in a farming family of the Dahola village of Haryana's Jind district. He started wrestling during his school days. His coach identified his talent and got him admitted to a sports school, which taught him the wrestling basics.
Singh then trained at Sports Authority of India's regional center for three years. As he made a good impression there, he was sent to Chhatrasal Stadium of Delhi to further hone his skills. He trained for four years there. During that period, he also got employed in the Indian Railways. It is noteworthy that he started as a freestyle wrestler during his early days but shifted to the Greco-Roman style after the 2009 Junior National Wrestling Championships.
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