World Wrestling Championships 2019: Sushil Kumar squanders five-point lead to lose opening round match

  • Using all his experience, the wily Indian had raced to a 9-4 lead but lost seven points in a row to lose the 74kg qualification bout

  • The second period belonged to the Azerbaijan wrestler who took the lead with a gut wrench from a ground position

  • If Gadzhiyev reaches the final, Sushil, will get a chance to fight for Olympic qualification as well as a bronze

Nur-Sultan: Returning to the World Championship after eight years, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar lost his opening round bout to Azerbaijan's Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev on Friday.

 World Wrestling Championships 2019: Sushil Kumar squanders five-point lead to lose opening round match

File photo Sushil Kumar. AFP

Using all his experience, the wily Indian had raced to a 9-4 lead but lost seven points in a row to lose the 74kg qualification bout.

Sushil employed a four-point throw after trailing 0-2 to take lead and further consolidated it with another four-point throw, which came from a difficult position.

The Azerbaijan camp challenged the throw but lost the call, giving one additional point to Sushil for a 9-4 lead at the break.

However, the second period belonged to the Azerbaijan wrestler, who first pushed Sushil out, scored a takedown and took the lead with a gut wrench from a ground position.

Time was running out but Sushil appeared to have tired himself out as Gadzhiyev scored two more points with a two-point push out throw to clinch the bout 11-9.

The two-time Olympic medallist will now have to wait to know his fate. If Gadzhiyev reaches the final, Sushil, will get a chance to fight for Olympic qualification as well as a bronze.

Sushil is the only Indian to have won a World title when he triumphed in 2010 in Moscow. In the non-Olympic 70kg, Karan lost his Qualification round bout 0-7 to Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Navruzov.

Updated Date: Sep 20, 2019 16:22:34 IST