Star Indian wrestler and Olympic medallist, Sushil Kumar finally got into the World Championships finals with a win over Jitendra Kumar at the national trials held by the Wrestling Federation of India. Others to seal a place in the Worlds are Rahul Aware (61kg), Karan Mor (70kg) and Praveen (92kg).
After much delay and prolonged wait, Sushil Kumar had finally gotten a date where he could fight an opponent to have a go and get a place at the Worlds. Firstly, it was his decision to practice separately abroad that had miffed the federation making his selection dicey, and it was followed by another delay when most of the opponents in his weight category (74kg) were injured.
However, a patient Sushil waited for his turn to come and when it came on Tuesday against Jitendra, he ensured that he had another chance, probably his last, at the Olympics. Sushil would be going to Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan that has been scheduled to start on September 14.
The trials were held at New Delhi’s KD Jadhav Stadium, and the bout was far from simple. With the Olympian raced to a 4-0 lead in the first period, Jitender was seen taking a hit in the eye that even led to a break where he received medical attention. While Jitendra recovered to finish the bout as the loser, he could still go for a spot in the team if he overcame Veerdev Gulia’s challenge in the 79kg on August 23.
Sushil has previously won the World Championships in 2010 in the 66kg category and would be joining Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit Malik (125kg) from other categories.