Grappler Jitender Kumar settled for silver on the final day of the Asian Wrestling Championships at the KD Jadhav Wrestling Hall after losing 3-1 in the final to defending champion and World Championships bronze medallist Kazakhistan’s Daniyar Kaisanov in the 74kg category. Also Read - Boxing: Manish Kaushik Qualifies For Tokyo 2020, India End Asian Qualifiers With Record Olympic-Berth Haul
India’s Jitender Kumar started the day on a winning note beating Thailand’s Parinya Chamnanjan by technical superiority. Also Read - Boxing: Olympic-Bound Vikas Krishan, Simranjit Kaur Enter Final of Asian Qualifiers; Mary Kom Settles For Bronze
He then carried the momentum in his next match where he got the better of Iran’s Mostafa Mohabbali Hosseinkhani. Also Read - Boxing: Amit Panghal, Lovlina Borgohain End With Bronze Medals at Asian Olympic Qualifiers
In the semi-final, he beat Mongolian Sumiyabazar Zandanbud 2-1 with both his points coming by passivity.
This happens to be Jitender’s first Asian medal with which he also booked a spot in the upcoming Asian Olympic Qualifiers with Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh saying earlier in the day that there will be no trials held ahead of the qualifiers in the 74kg category.
Meanwhile, in the other 86 kg weight category, Deepak Punia started with an 8-2 win over Mongolia’s Gankhuyag Ganbaatar before losing 4-1 to Japan’s Shutaro Yamada in the semi-final. He had little trouble in the bronze medal match, however, beating Iraq’s Issa Al Obaidi 10-0 with well over three minutes left on the clock.
With 20 medals in the bag, India finished third at the 2020 Asian Championships with Jitender’s silver being their sixth in the tournament. Baliyan and Deepak’s medals took India’s bronze tally to six and five Indian wrestlers have won gold.