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Sumit, Satyawrat clinch gold as Railways dominate opening day of Senior Wrestling Nationals
Jalandhar, November 29, 2019
Railways dominated the proceedings as Sumit and Satyawrat Kadiyan clinched gold medal and their place in the upcoming South Asian Games (SAG) on the opening day of the Tata Motors Senior Wrestling National Championships here on Friday.
Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Sumit was the first wrestler to finish on the podium after a 5-0 win against Maharashtra’s Abhijit, who had no answers to the tactical superiority shown by the Railways’ grappler as he settled for a silver in the 125kg category.
Kadiyan extended Railways' dominance when he defeated Kapil Chaudhary of Uttar Pradesh 9-0 in the one-sided final bout in the 97kg category.
The most sort after fight of the day, though, was in the 74kg category as seasoned wrestler Parveen Rana of the Railways took on talented young wrestler Gourav Baliyan of Uttar Pradesh. The duo put up a close fight before the experienced Rana went down in the finals 3-5 to settle for a silver medal.
Continuing his fine form, U-23 World Championship silver medalist Ravinder displayed sheer grit and confidence as he bagged the first gold medal for the Services with a dominating 12-2 win over Sonaba Tanaji of SSCB in the final of the 61kg category. With this win, Ravinder has also ensured a place for himself in the South Asian Games.
However, the most thunderous bout of the day was the semi-final of the 70 kg category in which Naveen of Jharkhand, despite bleeding profusely due to a nose injury, put up a superb performance for a win over Naveen from Services.
Making a remarkable recovery in no time for the final showdown, the Chhatrasal wrestler went on to win the gold after defeating Haryana’s Vishal.
The second day of the competition will see top women wrestlers in action. India’s best bet for medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Vinesh Phogat (55 kg), Rio bronze medalist Sakshi Malik (62 kg), promising Divya Kakran (68 kg), Seema Bisla (50 kg), Sarita More (57 kg) and Navjot Kaur (65 kg) will try to make an impact.
The gold medal-winning wrestlers in seven categories (men's freestyle- 57kg, 61kg, 65kg, 74kg, 86kg, 97kg and 125kg; women's -50kg, 53kg, 57kg, 59kg, 62kg, 68kg, 76kg) at the competition will confirm for themselves a berth in the South Asian Games scheduled from December 6 to 9.
Jalandhar is hosting the Nationals after 14 years.
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