Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Sep 16 : After Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers poor show in the World Wrestling Championships till now there came some relief in the form of Naveen (130 kg) who reached the repechage round and has a chance of amedal.
After a dismal couple of days, Naveen (130kg) on Monday became the only Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to reach repechage, where he will face Heiki Nabi of Estonia.
He had earlier lost to Pan American Wrestling Championships gold medallist Oscar Pino Hinds by technical superiority in qualifying. The Cuban later went on to reach the final which presented another opportunity to Naveen.
Earlier, Asian Championships silver medallist Gurpreet Singh (77kg) pinned Austria's Michael Wagner to secure India’s second win at this championships. His run, however, came to an end at the hands of Serbia’s former world champion Viktor Nemes in the Round of 32, where he lost 1-3.
Manish (60kg) also brought delight by getting an 11-3 win over Finland's Lauri Johannes Maekhonen in his Round of 32 bout. But the joy turned out to be short-lived when he was halted by Moldova's world number three Victor Ciobanu in the last-16 stage by technical superiority.(UNI)