New Delhi, May 11: India’s star wrestler Harpreet Singh shined in Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi yesterday after winning a bronze medal in Greco-Roman weight divisions on Wednesday. Harpreet in 80 Kg category defeated Junjie Na of China by 3-2.
However, Harpreet was the lone wrestler to win the medal on the first day. Harpreet bagged his second successive bronze medal at the Asian Championship. After the first round, the scores were tied at 1-1 but the Indian came back strongly in the second round by taking down his opponent to earn two points to lead 3-1. Later the Chinese wrestler tried to do a comeback but failed.
“There was a lot of pressure on me as I was the only medal hope left and I wanted to give the country a medal on the first day of the championship, being the hosts,” said Harpreet, who also bagged a bronze at the last edition in Bangkok, Thailand. “I focused very hard and strategized how I could win the bronze. I am glad I could apply the strategy well to win the medal in the end,” he added.
Meanwhile, another Indian wrestler Gurpreet Singh (75kg) came close to finishing on the podium but lost his bronze medal bout 0-8 in just 38 seconds to Bin Yang of China. Earlier on the same day, Ravinder (66kg), Hardeep (98kg) and Naveen (130kg) lost in the league matches. Ravinder lost to Ali Reizollah Arsalan of Iran 3-5, Hardeep lost Seyed Mostafa Seyedghanbar Salehizadeh of Iran 05 and Naveen went down 1-2 to Muminjon Abdullaev of Uzbekistan.
Notably, in the competition, 112 freestyle, 103 Greco-Roman and 83 female wrestlers are vying for 24 Gold and Silver, and 48 bronze medals. Interestingly, in the last edition of the tournament held in Bangkok last year, India had bagged nine medals – 1 gold, 3 silvers and 5 bronze.