Sumit settles for a silver in Asian Championships


Sumit wins silver in Asian Championships. Image Source: twitter

Internet Desk: India ended their campaign of the Asian Wrestling Championship on a high note when Sumit won the silver medal in the 125 kg category.

Sumit lost the bout on the final day of the tournament to Iran’s Yadollah Mohammadkazem Mohebi.

India finished the tournament with a total tally of 10 medals. They included 1 goal, 5 silver medals and 4 bronze medals.

Sumit however couldn’t get the better of his Iranian opponent and ultimately lost his bout 2-6.

After conceding a point, the Indian grappler was quick to pull back two points by overpowering his opponent and throwing him out of the mat.

The Indian once again managed to grab the Iranian leg but failed to capitalise on the advantage as Mohebi push Sumit down on the mat to bag two points before finishing off the opening round with two more to lead 5-2 at the break.

In the second half, the Iranian gained one more point even as Sumit failed to make a comeback and lost out on a gold medal.

Earlier, the heavyweight grappler showed his mettle on his way to the final as he faced little difficulty in overcoming his opponents during the quarterfinal and semifinal bouts.

In his first bout of the day, Sumit beat Taiki Yamamoto of Japan 6-3 in the quarters and then outplayed Farkhod Anakulov of Tajikistan7-2 in the semifinal to reach the gold medal round with much ease.

However, all the other Indian freestyle wrestlers in the fray today — Harphool (61kg), Vinod Kumar Omprakash (70kg) and Somveer (86kg) — bowed out early.

Harphool went down fighting 6-7 to Rei Higuchi of Japan in the quarterfinal round to crash out of the tournament.

The Indian wrestler though did well during his qualification bout, thrashing Divoshan Charles Fernando of Sri Lanka 11-0.

Vinod Kumar Omprakash lost to Japan’s Momojiro Nakamura in the quarterfinal of men’s 70kg.

Somveer bowed out of the competition after he was handed a 0-11 defeat by Gwanuk Kim of Korea in his qualification bout.

With inputs from PTI.

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