New Delhi, Feb 22 : Indian grapplers Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dhaiya reached the finals and assured themselves of silver medals at the Asian Wrestling Championships, here on Saturday. On his way to the final, Bajrang (65Kg) overcame Iran’s Maghsoudi Amirhossein Azim by a resounding margin of 10-0 in his penultimate bout of the tournament.
Punia, who will aim for his third gold medal in Asian Wrestling Championships to face Japan’s Otoguro Takuto. 2019 World Championship Bronze medalist, Ravi Dahiya (57Kg) showed immense resilience as he made it through the qualifiers defeating Japanese Takahashi Yuki 14-5 and followed it up by a clinical quarterfinal win of 6-3 over Batjargal Tugs of Mongolia.
He prevailed over Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the semi-final 7-2 to set up his gold medal face off against Vohidov Hikmatullo of Tajikistan. Another Indian wrestler, Gourav Baliyan (79Kg) showcased great composure and skills defeating Japanese wrestler Okui Shinkichi 6-5 in the semifinal to set up his summit clash against Kumyrgyz Budazhapov Arsalan later in the day. Asian bronze medalist in 2019, Satyawart Kadian (97Kg) run-up to the gold medal bout included a 10-0 win over Tajik Iskandari Rustam in the semifinal Shishani Zaid Husein Mohamad Haroun of Jordan 10-0 in the quarterfinal.
Kadian will now face two time U-23 World champion and UWW U-23 Wrestler of the year 2019, Goleij Mojtaba Mohammadshafie from Iran in the final. Of the five Indians in action today, it was only Naveen who missed out on final appearance in the 70kg category. He lost his semifinal to Iran's Amirhossein Ali Hosseini 2-3 and will now fight for bronze with Kazkahstan's Meirzhan Ashirov. (UNI)