Wrestler Sushil Kumar scripts an unimpressive tale
One doesn't even see wrestler Sushil Kumar settling for silver medal but this time around, he was knocked out of the first bout itself. The veteran wrestler went down against Polish grappler Andrzej Piotr Sokalski, at Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia. The two-time Olympics medalist lost the bout by a 4-8 score-line. Notably, this is his first loss in almost 4 years. Here's more.
It's not the result he would have liked in the build-up to the upcoming 2018 Asian Games. Sushil had bagged the gold medal, earlier this year, in men's 74 kg freestyle event at the 21st Commonwealth Games. Based on his past results, he was exempted by the WFI from the trials last month. Sushil will now need to work his way out.
Sushil, who was re-admitted to the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) after a gap of two years, had lost his last bout in 2014. Luca Lampis of France had defeated the Indian wrestler in Italy.
Bajrang Punia progressed into the semi-finals. In the 65 kg freestyle, Bajrang overcame Ukraine's Gor Ogannesyan. He, then, defeated Iran's Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghaei in the quarters. On the other hand, Deepak Punia got past Georgy Rubaev of Moldova. However, he lost the plot against Saba Chikhradze in the 86 kg quarter-finals.