On the penultimate day of the World Wrestling Championships in Hungary, Budapest, the Indian Greco Roman Wrestlers had another forgetful outing.
Three Indian wrestlers were in fray for 77 kg, 97 kg and 130 kg category. First up to take to the mat was Gurpreet Singh in the 77 kg category, who was up against the wrestler from Kyrgyzstan Kairatbek Tugolbaev. He was knocked out of the competition in 1 minute 41 seconds with a technical superiority and eventually lost it out with a 0-9 score line.
The next to hit the mat was 97 kg grappler Hardeep. He won his opening Round of 32 bout against Morrocan rival Choucri Atafi in a match that lasted full 6 minutes. He won 8-4 by counter attacking moves on 2 occasions which earned him 4 points each. In the Round of 16, he was against a formidable opponent in 11th seed Laokratis Kesidis of Greece. The Indian started well and earned a technical point as the Greek was too defensive in the opening minute. After which the Indian could not sustain the momentum and was taken down for a four pointer which widened the gap to 1-4. With the clock ticking, there wasn’t much time left in the bout and the Indian was not able to force any point on the Greek and eventually lost the bout. Surprisingly, Hardeep was only the second Greco Roman athlete to have won a bout in the Championships.
The last Indian wrestler to make an appearance at the Worlds this year was Naveen (130kg), but he too couldn’t impress and bowed out 4-1 to Norwegian wrestler Oskar Marvik. None of the wrestlers could make it to the repechages and ended India’s campaign at the championships which started with 30 wrestlers, 10 each in Men’s Freestyle, Women’s Freestyle and Men’s Greco Roman.
India managed to win only 2 Bronze medals, with copper colour metal coming from Bajrang (Men’s freestyle 65kg) and Pooja Dhanda (Women’s freestyle 57kg).
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