Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Asian C’ships: Akash and Anirudh reach bronze-medal round


BISHKEK (Kyrgyzstan): Indian wrestlers Akash Dahiya and Anirudh Kumar kept themselves in contention for bronze medals at the Asian Championsh­ips but three of their team-mates exited the tournament after losing at different stages in their respective categories, here on Friday.

Competing in the nonOlympic 61kg category, Akash began with a close 10-8 win over Sardor Ruzimov from Uzbekistan and followed it up with a comfortabl­e 7-3 victory over Korea’s Sanghyeon Son in the quarterfin­al.

However, Kazakhstan’s Assyl Aitakyn proved to be too strong for the Indian in the semifinal and could not score a single point, losing his bout by technical superiorit­y.

He will now fight it out with Mongolia’s Enkhbold Enkhbat.

Yash Tushir (74kg) went out of contention after losing his repechage round by technical superiorit­y to Syrbaz Talgat from Kazakhstan.

Also bowing out early was Sandeep Singh Maan (86kg), who lost his qualificat­ion bout 0-5 to Japan’s Tatsuya Shirai.

Vinay (92kg) also fizzled out in the 92kg qualificat­ion round, losing his bout by fall to veteran Kazakhstan wrestler Adilet Davlumbaye­v.

In 125kg, Anirudh Kumar began with a 3-0 win over Pakistan’s Zaman Anwar but was outplayed by Iran’s Amir Hossein Abbas Zare in the quarterfin­al, losing by technical superiorit­y.

Since the Iranian reached the final, it kept the door open for Anirudh and now he will fight for bronze against Bahrain’s Shamil Magomed A Sharipov.

India had won three medals on Thursday through Udit (57kg, silver), Abhimanyou (70kg, bronze) and Vicky (97kg, bronze).

Akash Dahiya will now fight it out with Mongolia’s Enkhbold Enkhbat

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