Despite a gold medal eluding them at the Junior Worlds Wrestling Championship, India wrapped up a good showing for themselves at the games with a silver on the final day to take their tally to seven medals. Deepak Punia added a silver for the country after going down in the 86kg final to take India’s tally to four silvers and three bronze.
Coming back to Junior Worlds Wrestling Championship, Deepak Punia took on Turkey’s Arif Ozen in the 86kg freestyle final category on the final day of the event in a bid to bag India’s first gold medal. It was not to be so for him and the country though as he was defeated 2-1. A one-sided bout saw him register his only point of the match in the final three seconds after he was kept at bay throughout the entire duration by Ozen.
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The most medals for the country came in the Greco Roman category with the wrestlers bringing in three medals. In Greco Roman, Vijay (60kg) and Sajan (77kg) won a silver each while Vijay (55kg) won a bronze to put in a strong showing for the country.
India was unfortunate to lose out on a gold in the 57kg event. Naveen Sihag went down against Russia’s Akhmed Idrisov in the final after having put in a spectacular performance in the semi-finals earlier to defeat defending champion Daton Duain Fix of the United States 5-4.
While the championship in Slovakia ended positively for India, there were a few disappointments as well. Sachin Rathi and Sanjeet were two names who were expected to rope in medals for the country but both faltered at the games. Sachin Rathi was outwitted in the 74kg bronze medal match, which he lost by technical superiority to Canada’s Devid Betanov while in the 92kg, Sanjeet could not reach the medal round losing his repechage round 6-7 to Erhan Yaylaci.
The emergence of Mansi and Anshu Malik is pleasant news to the ears of wrestling fans around the country. Mansi won her first ever world championship medal after overcoming Canada’s Hannah Fay Tayor. Anshu meanwhile came third in the 59kg event.
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