India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers won two more bronze medals at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday, taking the national medal tally to five. Indian wrestlers previously won three bronze medals on Tuesday.
The medal tally is the best since the 2020 edition of the Asian Wrestling Championships, where India won one gold and four bronze.
Of the five Indian wrestlers in the scrum, Sachin Sahrawat and Harpreet Singh managed to clinch a podium on the final day of the Greco-Roman competition.
In the thrilling bronze medal match of the Greco-Roman 67kg qualifiers, Sahrawat snatched victory in the final 12 seconds of a six-minute match against Uzbekistan’s Mahmud Bakhshilloev.
Sahrawat enjoyed a narrow 1-0 lead in the opening three minutes against Bakhshilloev. The lead changed hands in the final two minutes with Bakhshilloev taking a 3-2 charge. With time ticking away, the Indian wrestler seized a chance to seal the victory 7-3.
While India won their second bronze medal of the day in the 82kg category thanks to Singh beating Jafar Khan of Qatar, Gyanender lost rather submissively to Japanese rival Ayata Suzuki 0-11 in the match. for the bronze medal in the 60 kg playoffs.
The Japanese took advantage of Gyanender’s weak attacks and took a 3-0 lead in the first three minutes and were quick to rack up points as the game wore on.
The women’s freestyle competition begins Thursday. Olympian Anshu Malik and two-time Asian champion Sarita Mor are the most experienced athletes on the team.
The remaining Indian wrestlers are taking part in the senior continental competition for the first time. According to India women’s coach Jitendra Yadav, the competition will be tough. Yadav said over the phone from Ulaanbaatar:
“The preparation went well. It’s time for wrestlers to deliver the goods.”