In a yet another day of lackluster performances, the Indian Greco Roman wrestlers crashed out without putting up a decent fight in their respective bouts at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
There were three Indian Wrestlers who took to the mat today, one each in 60 kg, 67 kg and 87kg weight categories.
Gyanender (60kg) began the day for India and was up against his Lithuanian rival Justas Petravicius in the opening bout of the day. The Lithuanian took just two and a half minutes to finish the fight 8-0 and send the Indian packing. The wrestler from Lithuania could not reach the finals and such Gyanender fell out of contention for the repechages.
In the 67kg category, Manish put up a brave fight in the 1st round to edge past 3-1 against the Lithuanian Aleksandrs Jurkjans to qualify for the Round of 32. In the next bout he faced a formidable opponent in Tsuchika Shimoyamada, who is ranked 3rd in the world. It was always going to be tough for young Manish to overcome the Japanese. Though, Manish did put some resistance but was smartly taken down on counter attack with four pointers at two occasions. As a result, the bout ended pre maturely at 9-0 for the Japanese. Manjeet, incidentally, has been the only Greco Roman wrestler from india to have won a bout at the current Championships.
The third and the last man in contention today was Manjeet (87kg), who couldn’t put any fight in front of his Estonian counterpart Eerik Aps and lost the bout 8-0 within one and a half minute.
India went into the Championships with 10 wrestlers each in Men’s freestyle, Women’s freestyle and Men’s Greco Roman and has managed to win just 2 medals so far, with Bajrang and Pooja Dhanda bringing the copper colour medals home.
India still has three Greco Roman wrestlers vying in the 77kg, 97kg and 130 kg categories. They will take to the mat tomorrow.
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