Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Ravi Dahiya was his ordinary dominant self, Bajrang Punia didn’t need to wrestle a lot whereas Gourav Baliyan was spectacular in his marketing campaign because the three Indians stored themselves within the reckoning for gold medals on the Asian Championship, right here on Saturday.
Ravi, who hails from Nahri village in Sonepat, but once more confirmed his immense bodily prowess and tactical superiority when he outsmarted Japan’s Rikuto Arai (VSU) and pulled off a complete 12-5 win over Mongolia’s Zanabazar Zandanbud within the 57kg males’s freestyle occasion.
The Japanese was fast along with his strikes and initially troubled Ravi along with his double-leg assaults which even took the Indian off his ft however as soon as the Haryana wrestler received the measure of his rival, he dictated the phrases within the bout.
Ravi not solely discovered away to dam Arai’s assault but in addition received himself into place to search out take-down strikes from either side because the Japanese didn’t have a plan ‘B’ to counter the in-form Indian.
Ravi stored consolidated his lead and finally gained by technical superiority.
Within the semifinal towards Zandanbud, Ravi fell behind 0-4 after the house wrestler effected a take-down transfer and adopted that up with a gut-wrench however Ravi once more was fast to find a option to thwart his rival.
Very quickly, he effected 5 back-to-back two-pointers to drag forward and simply reached the ultimate.
Quite the opposite, Bajrang, who’s competing for the primary time since profitable a bronze on the Tokyo Video games, didn’t need to deal with high quality rivals en route the finals.
Neither Abbos Rakhmonov (UZB) nor Haji Mohamad Ali (BRN) was outfitted with the sport to problem a wrestler of the calibre of Bajrang, who made just one transfer throughout quarterfinal and semifinal bouts.
His rivals had been passive and Bajrang received factors on their lack of motion.
It isn’t good for Bajrang since he wanted to check himself forward of the Asian Video games within the aggressive 65kg class.
In the meantime, Gourav Baliyan moved swiftly on the mat, utilized his approach with confidence and yielded outcomes for his good work.
He overpowered Turkmenistan’s Gurbanmyrat Ovezberdiyev in tremendous fast time, ending the quarterfinal in simply 28 seconds with 5 consecutive gut-wrench after getting maintain of his opponent.
His semifinal was a tricky contest with Kyrgyzstan’s Arsalan Budazhapov preventing tooth and nail. Within the fast-paced contest, wherein counter-attacks from each the wrestlers made it an engrossing bout, Gourav was trailing 4-5 and simply 14 seconds to go, he discovered a match-changing take-down transfer to make it 6-5 and finally gained 8-5.
Satywart Kadiyan (97kg) and Naveen (70kg) will struggle for bronze medals.
India have to this point gained 10 medals, together with two silver, within the continental championship.