Last week was a week of achievements for the Indian contingent, as they ended up winning 16 medals at the Asian Wrestling Championships. On Sunday, wrestlers Harpreet Singh won a silver in 82kg while Gyanender bagged a bronze in 60kg. Out of the 16 medals - one gold, three silver and four bronze - won by men's freestyle wrestlers, four bronze by women and three silver and one bronze by Greco-Roman wrestlers.
Here it is to be noted that Harpreet put up an impressive performance to storm into the gold medal round, having thrashed Haitao Qian of China 10-1 in the semifinals after handing a 5-1 defeat to Burgo Beishaliev of Kyrgyzstan in his last-eight stage bout. Harpreet though failed to clinch the top spot as he went down in the title clash to Iran's Saeid Morad Abdvali 0-8.
Earlier, Gyanender did well to defeat Jui Chi Huang of Taipei and bag the third position. For Gyanender, a quarterfinal round win over Ali Abed Alnaser Ali Abuseif of Jordan 9-1 was followed by a 0-9 defeat against Islomjon Bakhramov of Uzbekistan in the semifinal. In contrast, Yogesh lost out on a podium finish in 72kg category after being beaten by Ruslan Tsarev of Kyrgyzstan in the third-fourth place bout.
However it is worth mention here that Yogesh had entered the bronze medal round despite losing his qualifying match to Hujun Zhang of China 0-9 as his Chinese opponent made the gold medal round. However, two other Indians in the fray on Sunday - Ravinder and Hardeep - crashed out early. While Ravinder bowed out in 67kg after losing his qualification bout, Hardeep suffered defeat in 97kg quarterfinal bout.