Deepak Punia could do nothing against the solid defense of Kazakhstan’s Azmat Dauletbekov and settled for a silver medal (86 kg) while Viky Chahar grabbed a bronze in the 92kg competition on the concluding day of the Asian Wrestling Championship, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Sunday.
Eyeing his maiden gold medal at the continental event, Deepak reached the final without conceding a single point as he first blanked Iran’s Mohsen Miryousef Mostafavi Alanjagh (6-0) and then humbled Korea’s Gwanuk Kim (5-0).
However, Dauletbekov did not let the Indian play his aggressive game, foiling a few of his attacks with remarkable ease.
Deepak usually stuns his rivals with his speed and agility but Dauletbekov was up for the task and smartly foiled the Indian’s leg attacks by maintaining his distance.
Dauletbekov grabbed his chances on counter-attacks and kept building his lead to eventually win the final by a comfortable 6-1 margin.
It is Deepak’s fourth medal at the Asian Championship, having won a silver (2021) and two bronze (2019, 2020) before.
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Adding to India’s medal tally was Viky, who won the bronze medal bout against Uzbekistan’s Ajiniyaz Saparniyazov 5-3.
India signed off with 17 medals from the Continental event but Ravi Kumar Dahiya was the lone gold medal winner in the men’s freestyle 57kg category.
While the Greco-Roman wrestlers’ five-medal winning show was encouraging, the fact is that India managed to win just one gold medal with depleted fields in multiple categories.
Meanwhile, Mangal Kadyan could not earn a podium finish as he lost the 61kg bronze medal clash 4-6 to Kyrgyzstan’s Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov.
In the 74kg category, talented Yash Tunir bowed out after a close 10-11 defeat against Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov in the qualification round, while Anirudh Kumar had lost his125 kg quarterfinal bout 4-8 to Korea’s Yeihyun Jung.