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Wrestling World Championships: Abhimanyu solely Indian to achieve quarter-finals on Day 1 at Belgrade

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Belgrade: Three Indian free-style wrestlers fell by the wayside, shedding their second-round bouts on the Day 1 of the UWW World Championships, with solely the 70kg grappler Abhimanyu coming into the quarter-final in Belgrade on Saturday.

Abhimanyu, the bronze-medal winner on the U23 World Championships in June and ranked twenty sixth on this planet, first upset Ukrainian world No 7 Ihor Nykyforuk 19-9 by effecting a victory by fall (VFA) earlier than defeating Moldova’s Nicolai Grahmez 13-2 (technical superiority) to safe a spot within the quarters.

He’ll, nevertheless, run into world No 2 from the US, 28-year-old Zain Allen Retherford, runner-up on the 2022 World Championships in Belgrade final yr.

The World Championships in Belgrade is a 2024 Paris Olympic qualification match.

India is competing within the world occasion below the United World Wrestling (UWW) flag after the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) was suspended for failing to carry elections within the time frame given by the world physique.

Abhimanyu was in nice type within the first spherical towards the upper ranked Nykyforuk, ending the competition in 5 minutes, 41 seconds.

The referee stopped the competition 2.41 minutes into the second three-minute session, after Abhimanyu had additionally dominated the primary three-minute session, taking a 5-0 lead.

Akash Dahiya (61kg), regardless of starting on profitable be aware, defeating his Moldovan opponent Leomid Colesnic with the referees giving an awesome 10-5 verdict within the Indian’s favour, misplaced his pre-quarterfinal contest to Uzbekistan’s world No 6 Jahongirmirza Turobov.

Dahiya, ranked twenty first, was no match for Turobov, gold medallist on the 2021 Asian Championships, with the Ukrainian incomes a victory by fall (7-4).

Within the 86kg free-style class, grappler Sandeep Mann acquired the higher of Dejan Mitrov of North Macedonia with a win by technical superiority (10-0), however was no match for Lin Zushen within the second spherical of qualification shedding 0-11 with the referee declaring the Chinese language winner on technical superiority with practically 45 seconds remaining within the contest.

India’s 125kg grappler Sumit, after a straightforward first-round qualification outing towards Japanese Taiki Yamamoto, whom he beat 3-1, misplaced his pre-quarterfinal contest to a far superior opponent in Poland’s Robert Baran.

The seeded seventh Polish wrestler is a silver medallist on the European Championships in addition to being a quarterfinalist on the 2016 Rio Olympic Video games, was simply too good for the Indian, securing a ‘win by decision’ VPO 3-0.



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