Asian Wrestling Championship: Deepak Punia Settles for Silver as India End With 17 Medals


Tokyo Olympian Deepak Punia settled for a silver medal within the males’s freestyle 86 kg whereas Viky bagged a bronze within the 92 kg class on the final day of the 2022 Asian Wrestling Championships, right here on Sunday.


With the 2 medals on the ultimate day of the meet, India completed with a complete tally of 17 medals — one gold, 5 silver and 11 bronze at Ulaanbaatar. Tokyo medallist Ravi Kumar Dahiya received the solitary gold within the males’s 57kg weight class.

Although the rely surpassed final yr’s haul of 14, India did win extra gold medals, 5, on the 2021 version held at Almaty.

Punia, a former world championships silver medallist, started his marketing campaign with a 6-0 win over Iranian grappler Mohsen Miryousef Mostafavi Alanjagh earlier than ousting South Korean Olympian Kim Gwanuk, a bronze medallist on the Asian Video games 2014, 5-0 within the semi-finals.

Up in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Dauletbekov within the gold medal match although, the Indian grappler got here out on the incorrect finish of a 6-1 scoreline and needed to accept a silver medal on the Asian meet for the second consecutive yr.

Within the 92kg competitors, India’s Viky edged Mirlan Chynybekov of Kyrgyzstan 4-3 within the quarter-finals however was defeated by Mongolia’s Orgilokh Dagvadorj by technical superiority within the semis. A 5-3 win over Uzbek grappler Ajiniyaz Saparniyazov within the bronze medal match handed Viky a podium end.

One other Indian wrestler Mangal Kadyan additionally managed to make it to the bronze medal match of the 61kg occasion via repechage however was denied a spot on the rostrum by 2020 champion Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov of Kyrgyzstan, who received the medal bout 6-4.

The opposite two Indian wrestlers in motion on Sunday, Yash (74kg) and Anirudh (125kg) had been ousted after their first bouts.

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