Indian Cadet Wrestlers put up a good show at the Asian Cadet Wrestling Championship held in New Delhi. Suraj Rajkumar and Naveen picked up gold medals in their respective categories to improve India’s medal tally.
A Solid Start for India
Day one of the Asian Cadet Wrestling saw India pick up five medals. Gold medals from Arun Kumar and Pradeep were the standout performances on the first day. Arun bagged his gold in the 85kg category freestyle event while Pradeep clinched his medal in the 50kg category Greco-Roman.
Elsewhere, Annu Devi went home with a silver medal in the 40kg female freestyle event. Nasir Hussain was another wrestler who won silver and his triumph came in the 100kg Freestyle category.
The last medal of the day for India came in the form of a bronze. It was Ankush who won the medal in the 38kg Female freestyle event.
Building upon First Day success
Following their success in the first day, Indians bagged four more medals in the second. In the 76kg freestyle category, Sanjeet clinched gold. Kiran then managed to snatch the silver medal in the 49kg Women’s category.
Apart from the gold and silver, two more bronze medals were added to the tally. This came thanks to Anju in the 43kg category for women and Sachin Rathi in the 69kg freestyle category for men.
Indians piling up medals in Asian Cadet Wrestling Championship
Rajkumar won his gold medal in the 63 kg division. He defeated Abubakri Jamshed of Tajikistan in the final round and won by a score of 12-2. Elsewhere, Naveen secured his gold medal in the 54kg category. He had to defeat Rakhmonov Abbos of Uzbekistan. The final score read 5-0 in favor of the Indian.
Apart from the two gold medals, Indian won two silver medals and a bronze medal. The silver medals came thanks to Reena and Nisha in the women’s category. Reena was defeated by Japanese girl Okuno Haruna 0-7 in the gold medal bout of 52 kg category. Nisha, on the other hand, was defeated by Uzbekistan wrestler Esenbaea Nabira 0-4 in the 60kg category.
The bronze medal came thanks to Sajan in the 76kg category of Greco-Roman Style. India, however, failed to win medals in categories such as 58 kg men’s freestyle, 56 kg female wrestling, and 69 kg Greco-Roman. Altogether, India now has five gold, five silver and four bronze medals.
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