Asian Wrestling Championship: Deepak Punia Baggage Silver In 86kg Class, Sanjeet Secures Bronze

Deepak Punia’s defence fell aside in entrance of his idol and Iranian legend Hassan Yazdanicharati because the Olympic-bound Indian settled for a silver medal whereas Sanjeet claimed a bronze on the concluding day of the Asian Wrestling Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstanon on Sunday. Deepak misplaced his 86kg last inside the primary interval by technical superiority because the Iranian’s relentless assaults had the clueless India gasping. It was the second time that Deepak was up in opposition to 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion however challenged him for the primary time as he had withdrawn from the 2019 World Championship last in opposition to the Iranian as a result of a leg harm.

One other Indian incomes a podium end on Sunday was Sanjeet (92kg) who nearly blew away a commanding place in opposition to Uzbekistan’s Rustam Shodiev earlier than profitable the bronze play-off 11-8.

He led 11-2 at one stage however let the Uzbekistan wrestler clawed his method again. Finally the massive lead helped the Indian declare bronze.

General, India received seven medals from the lads’s free fashion occasion with solely Ravi Dahiya (57kg) managing to win a gold.

Ravinder (61kg) misplaced his bronze play-off to Kyrgyzstan’s Ikromzhon Khadhimurodov by technical superiority.

Deepak, who has received two bronze medals on the continental championship earlier than, confirmed defence expertise earlier than the ultimate as he notched up a assured 2-0 win over Korea’s Gwanuk Kim within the semifinals. Kim’s a number of double leg assaults bore no fruit within the face of the 22-year outdated Deepak’s stable defence.

The Indian, who secured his Olympic quota with a World Championship bronze, earned each his factors on passivity of his opponent.

Deepak’s defensive techniques additionally received him bouts in opposition to Uzbekistan’s Isa Shapiev (9-2) and Tajikistan’s Bakhodur Kodirov (4-3).

Within the 61kg, Ravinder started with a detailed 4-3 win over Iran’s Majid Almas Dastan however misplaced 4-7 within the semifinal in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Adlan Aakarov.

The house wrestler’s relentless assault resulted in him getting out of breath within the second interval however Ravinder couldn’t reap the benefits of that.

Sanjeet was spectacular in his 9-4 win in opposition to Japan’s Ryoichi Yamanaka however was no match to Iran’s Kamran Ghorban Ghasempour, who received by technical superiority. Because the Iranian reached the ultimate, Sanjeet has acquired an opportunity to struggle for bronze in opposition to Shodiev.


Nevertheless, 74kg nationwide champion Sandeep Singh Mann and Sumit Malik (125kg) couldn’t attain the medal spherical.

Sandeep misplaced a detailed quarterfinal 4-5 to Turkmenistan’s Atamyrat Charlyyev whereas Sumit misplaced his quarterfinal 1-7 to native hope Oleg Boltin. He had an opportunity by repechage however opted out as a result of an harm.

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