Greco-Roman team disappoints, India wrestling world championships campaign ends with two medals


India ended their campaign for the world wrestling championships with just two medals, with the Greco-Roman wrestlers disappointing on Friday. The medals were won by the women’s wrestling team for which Anshu Malik (silver in 57kg) and Sarita Mor (bronze in 59kg) finished on the podium.

In the 55 kg category, Sandeep was eliminated in the first round, losing 0-7 to Turkish Erkrem Ozturk.

In the 60 kg category at the world wrestling championships, Gyanender lost 2-3 to the Japanese Ayata Suzuki. In the 72 kg category, Vikas was beaten by Turkish Cengiz Arslan in qualifying.

Sajan, one of India’s top hopes for a medal in the Greco-Roman competition at the world wrestling championships, was also disappointing.

In the 77 kg category, he lost to Hungarian Tamas Levai in the first round.

It was the same story in the 82kg, 97kg and 130kg as well.

As Harpreet Singh lost to Irishman Pejman Soltanmorad Poshtam in the 82kg qualifying round, Ravi was shown the door by Korean Jewoo Park.

In the 130 kg category, Sonu lost to Bulgarian Radoslav Plamenov Georgiev in qualifying.

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2020 Asian champion Sunil Kumar also lost his opening bout at the wrestling world championships. He lost 7-3 to Sweden’s Kristoffer Zakarias Berg.

The Indian freestyle team also had a poor performance at the wrestling world championships.

Anshu and Sarita Mor shine at wrestling world championships

However, the women’s wrestling team gave the Indian countryside a bit of a break. Anshu Malik made history by becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a silver medal at the world wrestling championships.

She lost to double Olympic medalist Helen Maroulis in the 57 kg final. Wrestler Haryana, 20, is the sixth Indian woman to step onto the podium.

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Later that same day, Sarita also won bronze in the 59 kg.

Previously, Alka Tomar (2006), Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019) had all won bronze medals.

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Robert J. King