New Delhi: Ravi Dahiya impressed with a gold-winning effort on the Asian Wrestling Championship however India’s largest Olympic medal hope Bajrang Punia regarded good till he bumped into Japanese Takuto Otoguro in his last right here on Saturday.
In a powerful present by the house wrestlers, 4 of them reached the finals however solely Ravi stood on high of the rostrum, with a scintillating present within the 57kg.
Ravi had proven on the 2019 World Championship in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, that he’s one for the long run, and he proved it once more on the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium.
His agility, tactic and a powerful will all got here collectively and resulted in an incredible efficiency.
Aside from Bajrang (65kg), Gourav Baliyan (79kg) and Satyawart Kadiyan (97kg) additionally needed to be content material with silver medals.
World quantity two Bajrang entered the occasion as defending champion and conceded solely two factors on his approach to the ultimate however couldn’t avenge his defeat to Otoguro within the 2018 World Championship title conflict.
At the moment his leg defence was an enormous concern however on Saturday he misplaced in a distinct method. Within the fast-paced bout, Bajrang’s leg defence was not an issue however he misplaced factors on good counter-attacks by Otoguro.
A lot to the shock of house followers, Bajrang suffered a complete 1-10 defeat in opposition to the world quantity 9.
Bajrang may rating only one level on push-out whilst Otoguro stored strengthening his lead with large tactical acumen and energy.
An upset Bajrang mentioned he couldn’t battle the way in which he needed.
It was vital to battle with all these wrestlers as a result of I’ll wrestle with them on the Olympics. I’ve taken my classes from this. I couldn’t battle as I needed. It was a really totally different battle. His counter-attacks had been good and that is an space I have to work on to, he mentioned.
Bajrang’s coach Shako Bentinidis admitted that Otoguro emerged stronger.
Bajrang was gradual, Otoguro was stronger. However I’m pleased with silver. It’s troublesome to keep up depth and a excessive degree of efficiency for 2 years. We nonetheless have 5 months and he stays a contender at Olympics, Bentinidis mentioned.
When you see all high wrestlers even in Europe have slowed down a bit. It’s occurring now and never two weeks earlier than the Olympics, so it’s okay. Wrestling is hard, it’s not like soccer or basketball. In 65kg all wrestlers are virtually on the identical degree, he mentioned.
Poor leg defence and conceding a giant lead within the first interval troubled Bajrang for a while however none of them cropped up on Saturday as he remained sturdy from the start.
He gained all his bouts by technical superiority, beating Tajikistan’s Dzhamshed Shafirov, Uzbekistan’s Abbos Rakhmonov and Iran’s Amirhossein Azim Maghsoudi.
In 57kg, Ravi, who’s quick rising a powerful contender for the Tokyo Video games, too, put up a powerful present, beating 2017 World champion from Japan Yuki Takahashi (14-5) earlier than pinning Mongolia’s Tugs Batjargal within the quarterfinals.
Within the semifinal, Uzbekistan’s Nurislam Sanayev too couldn’t problem Ravi a lot.
Within the last in opposition to Tajikistan’s Hikmatullo Vohidov, the world championship bronze winner from India claimed the gold with ease, registering a victory by technical superiority.
I’m doing nicely and hopefully we are going to give you an excellent efficiency on the Olympics too. The important thing for me is to remain injury-free as of now, mentioned Ravi.
Satyawart was outplayed by Iran’s Mojtaba Mohammadshafie within the last on technical superiority, however Gourav fought his coronary heart out earlier than dropping to Arsalan Budazhapov of Kyrgyzstan.
Of the 5 Indians in motion, it was solely Naveen who missed out on a last look, within the 70kg class.
He misplaced his semifinal to Iran’s Amirhossein Ali Hosseini 2-3. Later, he misplaced his bronze medal play-off to Kazakhstan’s Meirzhan Ashirov.