The Indian wrestlers witnessed a bad day unfold at the Asian Wrestling Championship in Doha, today, as none of them managed to make it to the medal fights.
Greco-Roman in Asian Wrestling Championship
The Greco-Roman category took centre stage in the Asian Wrestling Championship and India had its representatives in almost all the weight divisions. Manjul Nautiyal went down in the 59 kg category to Karar Abbas Al Bethani of Iraq as he failed to get any points on the board. Al Bethani scored five classification points and four technical points.
Rajneesh Dalal fought in the 66kg category and had a similar fate against Pen Zheng of China. Rajneesh scored no points against his Chinese opponent and made an earlier exit than expected.
Elsewhere, in the 71kg category, Krishnakant Yadav lost both of his matches. His first loss came against the eventual gold medalist Ramin Taherisartang of Iran and the second against Kazakhstan’s Azamat Dumbirov.
Narsingh Pancham Yadav, who won a bronze medal in the championship, could not replicate the achievement in the Greco-Roman category. He competed in the 80kg division and was defeated by China’s Aisha Aishan. Parveen Rana and Hardeep were the other Indian wrestlers who suffered defeat.
Ray of Hope in Naveen
The only strong performance in the day for India came from Naveen in the 130 kg category. Naveen defeated Hanisalah Almarafi of Jordan in the first round. He suffered a defeat in the second round against Nurmakhan Tinaliyev of Kazakhstan before getting back on the winning track in the Repechage round. Naveen now has a chance to clinch medal in the championship if he could win his remaining fights.
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