Hardeep, Ashu, Aditya pocket bronze at Asian Wrestling meet

Indian grapplers pocket three more medals as Greco-Roman wrestling concludes at the continental championships in New Delhi.

By Naveen Peter ·

Indian wrestlers Hardeep Singh, Ashu and Aditya Kundu managed to add three more bronze medals to the tally as Greco-Roman wrestling concluded at the Asian Wrestling Championships at the KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The Indian wrestlers ensured that they moved on from their semi-final losses to push aside the challenges that stood in their way in order to bag a medal at the New Delhi event.

Hardeep Singh on podium

Rio Olympian Hardeep Singh had to be in top shape as he eked past Beksultan Makhmudov of Kyrgyzstan 3-1 in the 97kg Greco-Roman category to ensure a podium finish for himself at the Asian Wrestling Championships.

Rio Olympian Hardeep Singh beat Beksultan Makhmudov of Kyrgyzstan 3-1 in the 97kg Greco-Roman category.

Starting on a dominant note, the Indian wrestler was quick to assert himself on the bout as Makhmudov was barely allowed any room to manoeuvre in the opening exchanges. 

With neither of the wrestlers attempting a takedown in the opening minute, the referee punished the Kyrgyz grappler for passivity and Hardeep Singh ensured that he made the most of the advantageous position on the restart to gut wrench Makhmudov and initiate a takedown to extend his lead. 

Though Makhmudov too earned a passivity point after Hardeep Singh was penalised in the second round, the Kyrgyz couldn’t make the most of it as the Indian held on to the lead to win the bronze.

Ashu benefits

Later, Ashu added to India’s medal tally by winning a bronze medal in the 67kg Greco-Roman category. He beat Syria's Abdelkarim Alhasan on technical superiority 8-1 in a bout that saw the referee penalise the Syrian for rough play twice.

The Indian wrestler, who was back in the mix after a long injury hiatus, was keen to ensure that he made the most of the opportunity and the motive was evident in the manner in which he approached the bout. 

Barely letting his Syrian opponent any time to settle, Ashu was on the money as he tried to pull off a snatch in the initial exchanges before the referee found Alhasan to be passive and handed the Indian the opening point of the bout. 

Ashu, however, couldn’t make much from the restart as despite managing to get hold of the Syrian through a gut wrench, he saw his grip drop below the waist, prompting the referee to intervene.

Tread with caution

But soon after a restless Alhasan was deemed to engage in rough play leaving the referee with no choice but to penalise the Syrian and hand Ashu two more points as his lead extended to 3-1.

The Syrian, however, didn’t stop there as, after being pushed out of bounds on a few occasions, he was handed a second caution for trying to get hold of Ashu’s face while the Indian kept his composure to gather the valuable points and extend his lead and take home the bronze. 

Meanwhile, Aditya Kundu barely broke a sweat in his 72kg Greco-Roman bronze medal play-off bout as raced home to a comfortable win on technical superiority (8-0) over Nao Kusaka of Japan.

Where to watch the Asian Wrestling Championships

Finals of all the events of the Asian Wrestling Championships will be broadcast on Star Sports First and fans can also live stream the tournament on Hotstar and wrestlingtv.in.