Yasar Dogu International 2022 | Gyanender wins bronze in Greco-Roman 60kg category

At the 2022 Yasar Dogu International Ranking Series in Istanbul, Indian Greco-Roman wrestler Gyanender won a bronze medal in the 60kg event. He won his first match beating Brazilian Marat Garipov 7-3, but in the semi-finals, however, he was beaten 5-0 by Turkish wrestler Ekrem Ozturk.

Gyanender competed for the bronze medal against Eldaniz Azizli of Azerbaijan, a 2018 world champion who pulled out mid-match due to injury. At the moment, Gyanender was leading 2-0. Rio 2016 Olympian Hardeep Singh was the other Indian wrestler to win a fight on the first day of the Istanbul competition.

Fernando Alves De Queiroz 4-1, but was beaten 8-0 by Finland’s Arvi Martin Savolainen, a former junior world champion and Olympian. Hardeep was forced into the repechage round when the Finnish wrestler advanced to the category final. Hardeep, however, came up short once again, losing 8-1 to Kazakhstan’s Islam Umayev.

The remaining four Greco-Roman wrestlers, Sagar (63kg), Ashu (67kg), Sunil Kumar (87kg) and Naveen (130kg), all lost their first-round bouts. Ashu lost a close 2-1 decision to Norway’s Morten Thoresen in his first round but progressed to the repechage round, where he was beaten by Kaly Sulaimanov of Kyrgyzstan on technical superiority.

Sagar was beaten by Aidos Sultangali of Kazakhstan on the fall, while Sunil Kumar was beaten by Ali Cengiz of Turkey on technical superiority. Meanwhile, Turkey’s Ali Nail Arslan beat Naveen 7-1. None of the three reached the next round of the competition.

On Friday, the last three Greco-Roman wrestlers, Vikas (72 kg), Sajan (77 kg) and Harpeet Singh (82 kg), as well as female acrobatic wrestlers Mansi (57 kg), Sangeeta (62 kg), Ritu (68 kg), and Gursharanpreet Kaur (76 kg), will compete.

Vinesh Phogat (55 kg women) and Bajrang Punished (65kg men), two of India’s top freestyle wrestlers, will face off on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

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Robert J. King