Matteo Pellicone 2020: Greco-Roman grappler Sunil Kumar reaches gold medal bout on opening day of ranking series event

Greco-Roman grappler Sunil Kumar sprung a huge surprise by reaching the gold medal round in the 87kg category at Matteo Pellicone, the first ranking series event of the season. Two more Indians are in medal contention with Ashu (67kg) and Sachin Rana (60kg) reaching the bronze play-offs.

Press Trust of India January 15, 2020 22:19:09 IST
Matteo Pellicone 2020: Greco-Roman grappler Sunil Kumar reaches gold medal bout on opening day of ranking series event
  • Greco-Roman grappler Sunil Kumar entered the final with a commanding victory by fall over Venezuala's Luis Eduardo Avendano Rojas

  • Wrestlers from India are competing in six Olympic weight categories at Matteo Pellicone, the first ranking series event of the season.

  • Two more Indian wrestlers were in medal contention after Day 1 with Ashu (67kg) and Sachin Rana (60kg) reaching the bronze play-offs.

Rome: Twenty-year-old Greco-Roman grappler Sunil Kumar sprung a huge surprise by reaching the gold medal round on his maiden senior level appearance at Matteo Pellicone, the first ranking series event of the season, on Wednesday.

In the 87kg category, Sunil began with a 2-1 win over American Patrick Anthony Martinez and followed it up with a commanding victory by fall over Venezuala's Luis Eduardo Avendano Rojas in the semi-finals.

He will now fight it out with Hungary's Viktor Lorincz for the top prize.

The Indians are competing in six Olympic weight categories at this event.

Two more Indians are in medal contention with Ashu (67kg) and Sachin Rana (60kg) reaching the bronze play-offs.

Ashu beat Italy's Ignazio Sanfilippo by technical superiority in the repechage round after losing his quarter-final 3-4 to Abouhalima Mohamed Elsaid.

Rana won a close quarter-final bout 5-4 against Ukraine's Ihor Kurochkin before losing his semi-final by technical superiority to Uznekistan's Islomjon Bakhramov.

However, Naveen (130kg) and Hardeep Singh (97kg) exited after losing their respective opening bouts.

Naveen lost his qualification round 0-7 to China's Lingzhe Meng while Hardeep Singh was no match to American Tracy Gangelo Hancock, losing by technical superiority in the pre-quarter-final bout.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

PGA Championship 2022 pulled from Trump course, confirms PGA of America
Sports

PGA Championship 2022 pulled from Trump course, confirms PGA of America

"The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster," PGA of America President Jim Richardson said.

Swiss cyclist Marc Hirschi joins Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar at UAE Team Emirates
Sports

Swiss cyclist Marc Hirschi joins Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar at UAE Team Emirates

Hirschi signed a three-year deal, the team said in a statement. It followed his exit on Tuesday from the team known last season as Sunweb.

Thailand Open: BWF working with event organisers after Kidambi Srikanth left with bloodied nose
Sports

Thailand Open: BWF working with event organisers after Kidambi Srikanth left with bloodied nose

Former world number one Srikanth on Tuesday got a bloodied nose after undergoing multiple COVID-19 tests and was miffed at the poor treatment of health officials at Thailand Open.