The Indian Wrestlers at the World Wrestling Championship did not have the best of start as three wrestlers failed to progress.
The first day of the championship saw the Greco-Roman wrestling. 66kg, 75kg and 98kg categories in action on the opening day. Gurpeet Singh was the representative of India in the 75kg category and he managed to win the first round. He defeated Alvis Albino Almendra Jimenez of Panama 10-2. However, Gurpeet fell in the second round against Andrew Thomas Bisek of United States for a score line of 6-4.
Hopes come crashing down at World Wrestling Championship
Deepak, who competed in the 66kg category lost in the qualification round itself. He was outclassed 0-16 by Vladimiros Matias of Greece. The last representative of India, Hardeep (98kg) managed to win his initial round much like Gurpeet Singh but the second round proved too much for him.
Hardeep first defeated Jahongir Turdiev of Uzbekistan 10-1 before losing to Alexuc-Ciurariu of Romania 0-9. Names like Yogeshwar Dutt and Narsingh Yadav are yet to compete in the championship and are India’s biggest hope. Top six position of each category will get a place in the Rio Olympics next year.
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