Grappler Ravi Kumar Dahiya ended India’s streak of silver medals as he won gold on Saturday in the 57 kg category in the Asian Wrestling Championship at KD Jadhav Hall in New Delhi while ace wrestler Bajrang Punia had to settle for silver in the 65 kg category. Also Read - MC Mary Kom to Bajrang Punia: India's Olympic-Bound Athletes Welcome Tokyo 2020 Postponement
Dahiya was the only gold medal winner for India among the four finalists as he blanked Tajikistan’s Hikmatullo Vohidov 10-0 on technical superiority in the second half. Also Read - Covid-19: Wrestler Bajrang Punia Donates 6 Months Salary, Calls For Tokyo Olympics Postponement
Dahiya beat Japan’s Yuki Takahashi 14-5 in his first match of the 57kg category, which was followed by a 6-3 win over Tugs Batjargal of Mongolia in the quarters. He then stunned Kazakhstan’s world championship bronze medallist Nurislam Sanayev 7-2 to set up a summit clash against Tajikstan’s Hikmatullo Vohidov. Also Read - Bajrang Punia Expects Best-Ever Medal Tally From Indian Wrestlers at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Meanwhile, 25-year-old Punia lost 10-2 to Japan’s Takuto Otoguro to settle for a silver medal. Punia’s silver was India’s third after Satyawart Kadian and Gaurav Baliyan lost their finals to Iran’s Mojtaba Mohammadshafie Goliej 10-0 and Kyrgyzstan’s Arsalan Budazhapov 5-7 respectively.
In the 70 kg category, Naveen Singh Suhag conceded a 12-1 defeat to Uzbekistan’s Meirzhan Ashirov in the bronze medal match.
At the end of Day 5, India has a total of 17 medal – five gold, five silver and seven bronze.