Jitender Kumar has remained as India’s lone hope for gold on the sixth and final day of the Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi.
Amidst below-par display by host India during the morning session today (Sunday), the home team’s hope for the second gold medal in freestyle competition now rests on Jitender Kumar. He has made it to the 74kg final.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya had won the 57 kg freestyle gold yesterday (Saturday).
Jitender, India’s strong contender for an Olympics berth from the 74kg category where seasoned pro Sushil Kumar is also eyeing an opportunity for the 2020 Tokyo Games, defeated Sumiyabazar ZANDANBUD of Mongolia 2-1 in a closely contested semi-final.
Jitender will now be up against Daniyar KAISANOV of Kazakhstan, the defending Asian Champion. The Kazakh wrestler is also a 2018 Asian Games silver medallist. It will be a tough bout for Jitender. He will also have the additional pressure of millions of expectations for India’s second gold in the freestyle competition.
Indian wrestlers in action on day 6 of Asian Championships 2020
61kg – Qualification – Rahul Balasaheb AWARE (IND) def Muhammad BILAL (PAK) 5-1
74kg – Qualification – Parinya CHAMNANJAN (THA) lost to Jitender JITENDER (IND) 0-10
125kg – Qualification – Sukhrobjon MUKARAMOV (UZB) lost to Satender SATENDER (IND) 4-5
92kg – Quarterfinals – Somveer SOMVEER (IND) lost to Ajiniyaz SAPARNIYAZOV (UZB) 0-10
61kg – Quarterfinals – Rahul Balasaheb AWARE (IND) def Jahongirmirza TUROBOV (UZB) 11-9
86kg – Quarterfinals – Deepak PUNIA (IND) def Gankhuyag GANBAATAR (MGL) 8-2
125kg – Quarterfinals – Satender SATENDER (IND) lost to Yusup BATIRMURZAEV (KAZ) 0-11
74kg – Quarterfinals – Jitender JITENDER (IND) def Mostafa Mohabbali HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) 2-2 (technical basis)
61kg – Semifinals – Rahul Balasaheb AWARE (IND) lost to Ulukbek ZHOLDOSHBEKOV (KGZ) 3-5
74kg – Semifinals – Jitender JITENDER (IND) def Sumiyabazar ZANDANBUD (MGL) 2-1
86kg – Semifinals – Deepak PUNIA (IND) lost to Shutaro YAMADA (JPN) 1-4