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2020 Asian Wrestling Championship: 4 medals for India on day 5, Ravi Dahiya wins Gold

Indian Men's freestyle wrestlers on Saturday won 4 medals including a Gold at the Asian Championships in Delhi. Ravi Dahiya (57kg) grabbed gold while Bajrang Punia(65kg), Gaurav Baliyan(79kg) and Satywart Kadian(97kg) had to settle for a silver.

Ravi Dahiya crushed 2017 World Champion Yuki Takahashi of Japan 14-5 in the 1st round. Ravi won his quarterfinal bout against Mongolia’s Tags Batjargal by fall 6-3. The 24 year old Indian wrestler then dominated 2 times World Championship medalist Nurislam Sayanev 7-2 to move to the final. World Championship Bronze medalist dominated the final against Tajikistan’s Hikmatullo Vohidov by technical superiority 10-0.

Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia had to settle for a Silver in 65kg category. The reigning Asian Championship gold medalist won all of his 3 bouts before the final by technical superiority. He defeated Dzhamshed Sharifov of Tajikistan by 11-0, Abbos Rakhmonov of Uzbekistan 12-2 and Iran’s Amirhossein Azim Maghsoudi 10-0. But in the final he looked totally off colour against 2018 World Champion Takuto Otoguro of Japan as he lost by 2-10.

Playing his 1st Senior Asian Championship, Gaurav Baliyan defeated Batzul Damjin of Mongolia 3-1 and Shinkichi Okui of Japan 6-5 to move to to the final where he lost a closely fought encounter against Kyrgyzstan’s Arsalan Budazhapov by 5-7.

Satywart Kadian bagged a silver in the 97kg category. The 26 year started his campaign with a 10-0 technical superiority win over Jordan’s Mohamad Haroun Shishani 10-0. In the semifinal, he defeated Tajikistan’s Rustam Iskandroi by identical margin. In the final, Kadian was no match to Iran’s Mojtaba Mohammadshafie Guliej. The Iranian won by technical superiority 10-0.

Naveen(70kg) was the only Indian wrestler who could not manage to win any medal on Saturday. India is currently at the 3rd position with a total of 17 medals which includes 5 Golds, 5 Silver and 7 Bronze. Tomorrow will be the final day of the Championships.

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