Sajan Bhanwal was impressive in his two wins before losing to reigning champion Daniel Cataraga on the opening day of the Under-23 World Championship, leaving the Indian to fight for a bronze.
It was tough for the 20-year-old to tackle Cataraga from Moldova in the 77kg semifinals. Eventually, Catarge pinned him down in the first period itself. The score was 6-3 at that time. Before that, Sajan erased a 0-6 deficit against Seyedali Choobchian Langeroudi to beat the Iranian 14-6. in the quarterfinals, he beat Italy’s Riccardo Vito Abbresica comfortably 10-4. He led 5-3 at the break and raced to a 10-3 lead before conceding a point for stepping out. Thrice he pushed out his rival with throws and twice he scored points with easy takedowns.
Sajan had won his maiden international gold at this year’s junior Asian championship and is the only Indian grapplers to win back-to-back medals at the junior world championships- bronze in 2017 (Finland) and silver in 2018 (Slovakia).
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