Sachin Rathi scripted a sensational turnaround in the final bout while Deepak Puniya asserted his supremacy as India clinched two gold and as many bronze medals in the freestyle competition on the concluding day of the junior Asian Wrestling Championship, here on Sunday.
On the event’s last day, four of the five Indian wrestlers reached the medal round with Suraj Rajkumar Kokate (61kg) and Mohit (12kg) taking bronze medals. The only one to miss out was Somveer Singh in the 92kg category.
India, with 173 points, finished second in the team championship behind Iran (189 points) Uzbekistan finished third with 128 points. Rathi grabbed gold in the 74kg after beating Mongolia’s Bat-Erdene Byambasuren in the final bout.
Rathi trailed 2-5 after the first period and then lagged behind 2-9 in the second but from there he turned the bout on its head and pinned his opponent to claim the gold.
In-form Puniya then eased past Turkmenistan’s Azat Gajyyev and won on technical superiority in the 86kg category. The 2016 world cadet champion’s only big challenge was Iran’s Seyedsajjad Seyedmehid Seyedi but he beat him easily 8-2. He also beat Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Meldebek (11-0) and Japan’s Kairi Yagi (16-6) en route to the final.
From Online sources