Narsingh Pancham Yadav opened the account for India at the World Wrestling Championship, after winning the bronze medal in the men’s 74 kg freestyle category.
Indian wrestlers have had a disappointing outing in the championship, but the medal has given the fans something to cheer about. It was Sushil Kumar’s absence that opened the door for Narsingh Yadav in the 74 kg category. Narsingh started off his run with a win against Hanoc Rachamin of Israel 14-2. He then defeated Soner Demirtas of Turkey 4-3 and Cuba’s Livan Lopez Azcuy 16-5 in the subsequent rounds.
Narsingh’s run came to an end against Unurbat Purevjav of Mongolia. Despite the loss, Narsingh won the bronze medal play-off against Zelimkhan Khadjiev of France 12-8. With the win, Narsingh has booked his berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics. It will now be interesting to see which wrestler gets the Olympic quota.
Other wrestlers continue to struggle at the Championship
Elsewhere, India’s Amit Kumar, Arun Kumar and Sumit were the other wrestlers in action yesterday. Arun managed to reach the quarter-final of the 70 kg category but could not progress past the stage, while Amit, on the other hand lost out in the pre-quarters. Sumit went down in the round of 16 to Aiaal Lazarev of Kyrgyzstan 0-3.
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