Asian Games 2018: Shocking exit for India’s Sushil Kumar in the first round
XtraTime Web Desk: Veteran wrestler and two-time Olympic medalist from India, Sushil Kumar faced a shocking loss in the first round of the 74kg Freestyle event, after he lost to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov 5-3. The 35 year old wrestler wasn’t in his rhythm despite taking an early lead as he was not very comfortable with his knee during the bout.
The legendary wrestler never won gold in Asian Games and his best performance came in 2006 where he won Bronze in Doha. He might get another chance to wrestle for bronze via repechage, but for that, Batirov needs to reach the final of this event.
Kumar, who didn’t go through trials for the Asian Games, and chose to train in Georgia instead, won a gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year. Before his event, Kumar said he was far from finished, but his form on Sunday morning told a different story.