Asian Wrestling C’ships 2022: India ends with 17 medals

Tokyo Olympian Deepak Punia won silver medal, while Viky clinched bronze medal as Indian wrestlers ended their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar with 17 medals.

Receipts included one gold, five silver and eleven bronze medals.

On the final days of the event on Sunday, Deepak won a silver medal in 86kg men’s freestyle after lost 1-6 to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Dauletbekov in the title bout.

This was Deepak’s fourth medal at the Asian Championships, having won one silver (2021) and two bronze (2019, 2020) in the earlier editions.

Deepak reached the final without conceding a single point.They defeated Mostafavi Alanjagh of Iran 6-0 in the quarterfinals and Gwanuk Kim of South Korea 5-0 in the semifinals.

In the 92kg division, Viky won the bronze medal by defeating past Uzbekistan’s Ajiniyaz Saparniyazov 5-3.

In the 61kg category, Kyrgyz lost 4-6 to bronze medalist Mangal Kadyan after beating Kuwait’s Almohaini 10-0 in the repechage round at the hands of his Kyrgyz rival Ulukbek Zholdobeshkov.

The other two Indians on the field – Yash (74kg) and Anirudh Kumar (125kg) – failed to qualify.

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