The Greco-Roman form of wrestling is considered as poor cousin to more popular freestyle wrestling in India. The Greco wrestlers have very few success stories in comparison to what the Indian freestyle wrestlers have achieved at the global level. But things seem to be changing. The Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers have impressed everyone with their performance at the 2020 first ranking series event in Rome. It is for the first time ever that India has won 3 Greco-Roman category medals at the global event of the magnitude of the UWW ranking series. Result, India has finished in top 4 of the team rankings in Rome.
Rome Ranking Series – Greco-Roman team rankings
Gurpreet first Greco-Roman wrestler to win Gold in Ranking Series event
Not only India finished high-up in the overall team rankings but also India’s Gurpreet Singh has created history by winning gold in the UWW Rome Ranking Series wrestling as he became first Indian to win Ranking Series level gold in Greco-Roman category. Gurpreet scored 8-5 victory over Burhan AKBUDAK of Turkey in the 82kg finals. It is worth noting that Gurpreet moved to 82kg non-olympic category at the very last minute of the competitions as his regular category in 77kg.
Also on the last day of the Greco-Roman competitions, Sajan Bhanwal also won bronze medal for the country in the 77kg. Sajan defeated Emrah Kus of Turkey by fall to win bronze. This was India’s 3 medal in the Greco-Roman category as Sunil Kumar won Silver on the day 1 in the 87kg category of the competitions. The results clearly reflects that India is improving in the Greco-Roman form of wrestling as well and with little more effort they can get rid of the tag of ‘poor-cousins’ of freestyle wrestling in India.
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