Ulaanbaatar: Apr 20 (IANS) Harpreet Singh and Sachin Sahrawat each took a bronze as the Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers concluded their campaign at the 2022 Asian Wrestling Championships with five medals, here on Wednesday.
Harpreet, a former Asian Championships silver medalist, defeated Korea’s Sejin Yang 4-2 in the quarterfinals before falling to Iran’s Rasoul Sadegh Garmsiri in the semifinals in the 82kg weight class. In the bronze medal match, Harpreet was declared the winner after Qatar’s Jafar Khan sustained an injury.
Meanwhile, the remaining four Greco-Roman wrestlers, Gyanender (60kg), Sachin Sahrawat (67kg), Vikas (72kg) and Ravi (97kg), in action on Wednesday, lost in the quarterfinals.
However, Sachin, who lost to eventual finalist Meiirzhan Shermakhanbet of Kazakhstan, a former world championships bronze medalist, in the fall, came back with a bang against Mahmud Bakhshilloev of Uzbekistan to clinch the bronze medal.
The Indian scored a victory by falling to his Uzbek opponent in the dying seconds as he trailed 1-3 to claim the podium.
Gyanender, who won bronze in the Yasar Dogu qualifying series earlier this year, was defeated by two-time Asian medalist Mehdi Mohsen Nejad of Iran for technical superiority in the quarterfinals. But with Mehdi reaching the summit clash, Gyanender entered the bronze medal playoff. However, Japan’s Ayata Suzuki proved too strong for Gyanender, as the Indian drew a scoreless 0-11 in India’s first medal match of the day.
Ravi suffered a 1–3 loss to Kyrgyzstan’s Uzur Dzhuzupbekov in the quarterfinals and Vikas lost to Uzbekistan’s Mirzobek Rakhmatov on technical superiority. Neither fighter made it to the bronze medal round.
Earlier on Tuesday, three Greco-Roman wrestlers – Sunil Kumar (87kg), Arjun Halakurki (55kg) and Neeraj (63kg) – won bronze medals for India in their respective weight divisions, according to a report by olympics.com.
Overall, 10 Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers took part in the continental showpiece. In the last edition, the Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers failed to win any medals.
The freestyle wrestlers from India will kick off their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships on Thursday. On the other hand, Indian men’s freestyle wrestlers, including Tokyo Olympic medalists Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punia, will take to the mat on Saturday.