Historic: Wrestler Sunil Kumar Wins India’s First Greco-Roman Gold And Ends India’s Gold Quest Of 27 Years

source: indiatoday

In a historic event, Indian wrestler Sunil Kumar defeated Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan by 5-0 in the 87kg summit contest to claim India’s first Greco-Roman gold medal in Asian Wrestling Championships.

Ending India’s 27-year-old gold quest

Ending India’s 27-year-old gold quest, the man from Najafgarh Delhi opened India’s medal account in the Asian Wrestling Championship at New Delhi. The 36-year-old beat Kyrgyzstan wrestler Azat Salidinov in the final of the 87 kg category.


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Sunil Kumar had qualified for the final when he defeated Kazakh opponent Azamat Kustubayev to finish the semi-final bout 12-8.

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“I believe that I am fortunate to have won India’s first gold medal today. I have worked hard on my ground techniques and it feels good to have done better than my last year’s performance,” Sunil said addressing media.

A bronze for India

Another Indian named Arjun Halakurki had won a bronze in Greco-Roman 55kg. It is his first medal at his maiden senior international event. The young wrestler started the contest gradually and was falling behind by 1-4 in the first session with Iran’s Pouya Mohammad Naserpour.

Nevertheless, he got back strong and snatched six straight points with a combination of good defense and tackle.


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However, Arjun lost the match to 7-8 and had to settle for the third place. He had defeated Donghyeok Won of Korea 7-4 to claim a bronze medal.