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NEW DELHI: Tokyo Olympian Deepak Punia settled for silver, while Viky clinched bronze as the Indian grapplers ended their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with 17 medals, with Ravi Dahiya the only medalist to win. gold, in the men’s 57 kg freestyle category. The loot included one gold, five silver and 11 bronze.
On the final day of the event on Sunday, Deepak clinched silver in the men’s 86kg freestyle after losing 1-6 to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Dauletbekov in the title fight. The Indian’s only point came because of the Kazakh’s passivity. It was Deepak’s fourth medal at the Asian Championships, having won a silver (2021) and two bronze (2019, 2020) in previous editions. Deepak reached the final without conceding a single point, beating Iranian Mostafavi Alanjagh 6-0 in the quarters and South Korean Gwanuk Kim 5-0 in the semis.
In the 92kg division, Viky clinched bronze after beating Uzbekistan’s Ajiniyaz Saparniyazov 5-3. In the 61kg category, Mangal Kadyan lost his bronze medal fight to Kyrgyz opponent Ulukbek Zholdobeshkov 4-6 after beating Kuwait’s Almohaini 10-0 in repechage. The other two Indians in contention – Yash (74kg) and Anirudh Kumar (125kg) – failed to make it past the qualifying stage.
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