India’s Ravi raised hopes of winning the bronze medal for the country on the last day of the U23 World wrestling championships in Budapest. Ravi upset Senior Asian Champion Uzur DZHUZUPBEKOV of Kazakhstan in the repechage rounds to raise hopes that India can conclude the world championship with another bronze. But those hopes were short-lived. In the battle of Bronze, Ravi was up against Dzmitry KAMINSKI of Belarus. 2019 Asian Under23 silver medallist Ravi was on high after the repechage round victory but in 27seconds all hopes of winning medal were thrown out of the mat. Ravi was no match for KAMINSKI and with-in 27 seconds he surrendered to lose out the bout to Belarusian. Earlier in the repechage round 23 year old Ravi created huge upset as he defeated Uzur DZHUZUPBEKOV of Kazakhstan. Uzur is the current Senior Asian Champion in the same weight category of 97kg but Ravi completely took him by surprise. Indian wrestled powerfully and shocked the Kazakh to win the bout by 3-1. This victory gave Ravi the right to challenge for the bronze medal. With this bout India also completed their schedule at the U23 World wrestling and finished with 2 silver medals, Ravinder in 61kg Men’s freestyle & Pooja Gehlot in 53kg women freestyle. In the 2018 U23 world championships, India managed just one medal.
Ravi in 97kg category loses bronze battle on the last day of U23 World Wrestling Championships
By Kunal Dhyani - 04/11/2019