2019 World Wrestling Championship: No medal for India's Greco Roman grapplers
India's Ravi Rathee got the only silver lining in Greco Roman category on a day where the Indian grapplers failed to make a mark
India's Ravi Rathee got the only silver lining in Greco Roman category on a day where the Indian grapplers failed to make a mark at the Wrestling World Championship, in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan. Competing in the 97kg weight category, Ravi became the first wrestler from the sub-continent to advance to the pre-quarterfinals at the ongoing Worlds. He defeated Cheng-Hao Chen of Chinese Taipei in a convincing 5:0 win.
Ravi kept his opponent down on the mat for long to register an easy win. However, in his next bout, Artur Omarov of Czech Republic completely floored him and romped to a 7-0 win in under three minutes.
India's poor show at the Wrestling World Championship stretched to Day 2 as the other Indian GR wrestlers failed to make their mark.
Sunil Kumar, silver medalist at the 2019 Asian Wrestling Championships, lost to Joseph Rau of USA in a GR-87kg first-round bout. Right from the word go, Rau dominated his Indian opponent and won the bout 6-0.
The other GR Indian wrestlers in the fray Manish also suffered similar fate crashing out of the Championships without winning a single round. Olympic quotas were up for grabs in all three categories.
Manish was the first Indian Wrestler to fight on the day as he faced Bulgaria's Deyvid Dimitrov in the GR - 67kg category on mat C. Manish won the first point of the bout, however, his Bulgarian opponent levelled the scores, just seconds before the end of the first three minutes.
After the break, Dimitrov came in all guns blazing to reach the 10-point mark and finish off Manish, who wasn't able to add any more points to his tally, in dominant fashion. The referee had stopped the bout with more than a minute to go on the clock.