National Greco Roman Championship: Services dominate Day 1 with eight medals

The top four finishers in each of the weight categories will be selected for the national preparatory camp at SAI centre in Sonepat

By Samrat Chakraborty ·

The Service Sports Control Board (SSCB) wrestling team stamped their authority on Day 1 of the two-day National Greco Roman Championship on Saturday in Jalandhar.

The Services squad bagged a total of eight medals which consisted of two gold, three silver and as many bronze medals.

Meanwhile, Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), finished the day as the second-best squad with four medals to their name that included a gold and one silver.

The Services showed their dominance in the 55kg contest as it turned out to be an all-Services final between Asian bronze medallist Arjun Halakurki and Vijay. Halakurki used his experience to the fore in the summit clash to clinch the top podium spot.

Arshad of Uttar Pradesh and Shrikant of Haryana, meanwhile, clinched bronze medals in the category.

SSCB added another gold to their tally through Naveen, who outclassed Delhi-based Ravi Kumar to win the 130kg title. Som (SSCB) and Aawesh (Haryana) clinched the bronze medals.

The only gold medal for RSPB came through Manish Kumar as he defeated Sunny Jadhav from Madhya Pradesh in 60kg category. Representing the home team, Harpreet Singh clinched gold as he outclassed Sanjeet of SSCB in the 82kg final. Atul of RSPB and Rohit Dahiya of Haryana, meanwhile, took home the bronze medals.

On the final day of the competition, on Sunday, the bouts in 63kg, 72kg, 77kg, 87kg, 97kg categories will take place.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has taken concerted efforts to organise domestic competitions after the lockdown enforced due to Covid-19.

Earlier, this year, the men’s freestyle nationals was held in January in Noida while Agra was the home for the women’s freestyle competition.

The top four finishers in each of the weight categories will be selected for the national preparatory camp, slated to get underway from next week at Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centre in Sonepat.