Asian Wrestling Championships: Indians stand tall

Updated: 20 February, 2020 09:25 IST | PTI | New Delhi

Ashu (67kg), Aditya (72kg), Hardeep (97kg) win bronze medals in Greco-Roman

India's Ashu (in blue) grapples with Abdwlkarim Mohd Alhasan of Syria during the 67kg bronze medal match in New Delhi yesterday. Pics/ PTI
India's Ashu (in blue) grapples with Abdwlkarim Mohd Alhasan of Syria during the 67kg bronze medal match in New Delhi yesterday. Pics/ PTI

Ashu, Aditya Kundu and Hardeep won a bronze medal each in their respective weight categories as Indian wrestlers bagged five medals in Greco-Roman events of the Asian Wrestling Championships here on Wednesday. While Ashu won a bronze in 67kg category, Aditya and Hardeep also bagged the medals of same colour in the 72kg and 97kg respectively on the second day of the competitions. Ashu beat Syria's Abdulkarim Mohammad Al-Hasan 8-1, while Kundu defeated Nao Kusaka of Japan 8-0 inside one and a half minutes in a lop-sided 72kg bronze medal bout at KD Jadhav Hall in Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

Later, Hardeep beat Kyrgyzstan's Beksultan Makhamadzhanovich Makhmudov 3-1 to register India's third podium finish of the day. India has so far five medals in the championships, after Sunil Kumar's historic gold in 87kg and Arjun Halakurki's bronze in 55kg Greco-Roman category on Tuesday.

Gyanender misses medal

Gyanender, however, lost 0-6 in the 60kg Greco-Roman bronze medal bout on Wednesday. The gold was won by Kenichiro Fumita of Japan, who beat Kyrgyzstan's Zholaman Sharshenkov 4-0. The other bronze in 60kg was won by Mehdi Seifollah Mohsen Nejad who beat Kazakhstan's Aidos Sultangali 4-3.

India’s Hardeep (right) wins bronze against Makhmudov in 97kgIndia's Hardeep (right) wins bronze against Makhmudov in 97kg

The other bronze in the 67kg category was won by Iran's Hossein Nasrollah Assadi Kolmati, who beat Japan's Tsuchika Shimoyamada 5-3, while the gold medal went to Korea's Hansu Ryu, who defeated Uzbekistan's Makhmud Bakhshilloev 4-1. In the 72kg category, besides Aditya, Ruslan Tsare of Kyrgyzstan won bronze, beating Yan Kai Chen 8-0.

Amin wins 72kg gold

The gold in this weight division was won by Amin Yavar Kaviyaninejad of Iran with a 8-0 win over Ibragim Magomadoc of Kazakhstan. In the 97kg, Uzbekistan's Muhammadali Shamsiddinov got the better of Thailand's Ponlawat Saimmai to win the other bronze.

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First Published: 20 February, 2020 08:56 IST

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