Indian wrestlers continued to impress at the World U20 Wrestling Championships 2022 in Sofia, as Mahendra Babasaheb Gaikwad stormed into the final of the men’s 125kg weight division. Meanwhile, four other grapplers went on to win bronze medals for the country in the freestyle category.
Sujeet, who won gold at the seniors Zouhaier Sghaier Ranking Series in Tunisia last month, went past Ukraine’s Mykyta Zubal in the men’s 65kg weight division to clinch the bronze medal. The Indian just lost one bout, in the semis, against Ziraddin Bayramov of Azerbaijan 2-6.
Abhishek Dhaka, in the 57kg category, lost against Merey Bazarbayev of Kazakhstan 1-5 in the quarters. Then in the repechage round, he went on to claim the bronze medal after beating Andreas Parotsidis of Greece and Ukraine’s Heorhii Kazanzhy.
Mulaym Yadav lost to Kanan Heybatov of Azerbaijan in the semi-finals but clinched a bronze by beating Georgia’s Gigi Kurkhuli.
As far as Gaikwad is concerned, he will be up against Iran’s Amirreza Fardin Masoumi Valadi in the 125kg gold medal bout on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Deepak (79kg) and Jointy Kumar (85kg) lost in the qualification rounds itself. The Greco-roman and women's freestyle competitions are yet to be played.