Rahul Mindful defeated Tyler Graff of USA 11-Four in males’s 61kg International Wrestling Championships bronze medal bout in Nur Sultan on Sunday. Rahul Mindful used to be trailing Zero-2 early within the bout however got here again strongly to show issues round. On the first damage, Rahul took a two-point lead over Graff and within the closing 3 mins of the bout, Rahul prolonged his lead by way of choosing up seven issues in a single transfer to make sure India of any other medal within the prestigious match. After Rahul’s bronze medal, India’s tally at International Wrestling Championships has now long past to 5, nation’s absolute best efficiency within the match.
India’s earlier absolute best display used to be in 2013, when the rustic had 3 of their kitty courtesy Amir Dahiya (silver), Bajrang Punia (bronze) and Sandeep Tulsi Yadav (bronze in Greco-Roman).
Mindful used to be in entire keep an eye on of the bout and jumped in pleasure on the finish, having gained the most important medal of his profession. The Maharashtra grappler had gained a gold on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games and two bronze on the Asian Championships (2009, 2011).
The American shocked Mindful with a double leg assault, the instant the bout began and earned two issues with a takedown.
On the other hand, he changed into alert and two times wriggled out of Graff’s unmarried leg assaults. He additionally scored consecutive takedown issues to guide Four-2 on the damage.
In the second one length too, Graff were given hang of Mindful’s proper leg however the Indian were given himself out of bother in an excellent way. He then pulled the bout it clear of the American with a flurry of strikes – the takedowns and disclose take a commanding 10-2 lead.
It consolidated additional when the American misplaced a problem. In the end he gained 11-Four. Mindful had misplaced a pacy semifinal 6-10 to Beka Lomtadze, the Eu championship silver medallist.
The morning of the overall day of the championships introduced with it the inside track that Deepak Punia won’t be able to compete in Sunday’s ultimate towards Iranian nice Hazsan Yazdani because of an ankle damage sustained all the way through the semifinal.
“The left foot isn’t taking the weight. It is tough to battle on this situation and can have irritated the damage. I comprehend it used to be a large likelihood to battle towards Yazdani however I will’t lend a hand it,” Deepak instructed PTI.
Deepak had pop out of the mat limping and a swollen proper eye after his semifinal towards Switzerland’s Stefan Reichmuth. It used to be a just right draw for Deepak and he exploited it to get the most important medal of his profession.
In a dream run, Deepak reached the overall with wins over Reichmuth, Colombia’s Carlos Arturo Mendez and Kazakhstan’s Adilet Davlumbayev.
He changed into simplest the 5th Indian ever to succeed in the International Championships after Bishamber Singh (1967) Sushil Kumar (2010), Amit Dahiya (2013) and Bajarang Punia (2018). Most effective closing 12 months he had gained the junior international champion. Sushil Kumar stays India’s simplest International Champion. He had gained a gold in 2010 in Moscow.
(With PTI inputs)