Rohit Dahiya missed the Bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships

Rohit Dahiya

Rohit Dahiya, a promising Indian Greco-Roman wrestler, narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Tuesday. Competing in the 82kg category, Dahiya was the only Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to reach the bronze medal round. However, he lost to Uzbekistan’s top-ranked Mukhammadkodir Rasulov on points.

A tough day for Rohit Dahiya at Asian Wrestling Championships

Dahiya, who had represented India in the 2022 World U-20 Championships in Sofia, had earlier lost his quarterfinal bout to Japan’s Yoshida Taizo on points 7-2. Despite this setback, he qualified for the bronze medal round as Yoshida made it to the final.

The bout against Rasulov was a tough challenge for Dahiya. Rasulov, ranked No.1 in the tournament, proved to be a formidable opponent. Despite Dahiya’s best efforts, he lost the bout on points.

The other Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers, including Parvesh (60kg), Vinayak Siddheshwar Patil (67kg), and Ankit Gulia (72kg), were eliminated in the preliminary rounds. The previous day, five more Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers – Arjun Halakurki (55kg), Umesh (63kg), Sajan (77kg), Ajay (87kg), and Mehar Singh (130kg) – also lost in the preliminary rounds.

Despite the Greco-Roman wrestlers’ challenges, Indian women wrestlers showcased their prowess by clinching six medals, including three silver and three bronze.

Additionally, in men’s freestyle events, India secured a silver medal through Udit (57kg), while Abhimanyu (70kg) and Vicky (97kg) claimed bronze medals in their respective categories.

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