Ravinder grabs silver in 61kg U-23 World Wrestling Championship after going down to Kyrgyzstan's Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov

Indian grappler Ravinder settled for a silver medal after going down to Kyrgyzstan's Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov in the 61 kg final at the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship

Press Trust of India October 31, 2019 09:28:14 IST
Ravinder grabs silver in 61kg U-23 World Wrestling Championship after going down to Kyrgyzstan's Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov
  • Ravinder suffered a 3-5 loss to Kyrgyzstan's Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov in the 61 kg final at the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship

  • Despite the loss, it was a creditable performance from Ravinder, who had won gold at the South Asian Games in 2016

  • Ravinder became India's fifth silver at the Championships.

Budapest: Indian grappler Ravinder settled for a silver medal after going down to Kyrgyzstan's Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov in the 61 kg final at the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Indian suffered a 3-5 loss to Ulukbek, the current Asian U23 champion in 61kg.

Ravinder grabs silver in 61kg U23 World Wrestling Championship after going down to Kyrgyzstans Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov

Ravinder claimed silver medal at Under-23 World Wrestling Championship. WFI

Despite the loss, it was a creditable performance from Ravinder, who had won gold at the South Asian Games in 2016 and also a bronze at the Cadet Asian Championships in 2014.

This was India's fifth silver at the Championships. Bajrang Punia (65kg), Vinod Kumar (70kg) and women wrestler Ritu Phogat (48kg) had won a silver each in the first edition in Poland.

Last year, Ravi Dhaiya (57kg) was the only Indian wrestler to return with a medal when he claimed a silver in Bucharest, Romania.

Ravinder had his chances in the final but he couldn't outwit Ulukbek, a bronze winner at the Senior Asian Championships in 2018.

Earlier, the 22-year-old Indian had pinned senior European champion Arsen Harutyunan of Armenia to storm into the final with a 4-3 win.

Ravinder had notched up a 12-1 win over Hungary's Marcell Budai Kovacs in his opening bout and then followed it up with an 11-0 demolition of Russia's Dinislam Takhtarov in the quarter-finals.

Among other Indians, Jyoti stormed into the semi-finals on Wednesday with a 12-1 win over Moldova's Maria Leorda in the women's 50kg bout.

The youngster made it to the quarters with a 6-1 win over Belarus' Tatsiana Yafremenka.

Standing between Jyoti and a berth in the final is Japan's Kika Kagata. Jyoti is aiming to be the second Indian to reach the final of this prestigious completion this year, following men's freestyle expert Ravinder who will compete in the summit showdown of 61kg.

While Jyoti dazzled on the mat, the rest of the women failed to emulate her. In 55kg, Rani Rana was blanked 0-6 by USA's Dominique Olivia Parrish in the qualifiers while Suman put up better efforts in her qualifying bout against China's Yingying Wang, only to go down 4-6.

In 59kg, Pooja Yadav's campaign was cut short by top seed Tiana Grace Kennett, who dealt her a 6-2 blow.

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