Sunil Kumar wins gold in Greco-Roman at Asian Wrestling Championships

New Delhi, Feb 19: Sunil Kumar on Tuesday defeated Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan by 5-0 in the 87kg summit bout to win India’s first Greco-Roman gold medal in Asian Wrestling Championships.

The last Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to win gold at the Asian Championships was Pappyu Yadav who won the 48-kg title in 1993.

Earlier, Sunil on his way to the final made an impressive comeback in the semi-finals as he came back from 1-8 down to win the game by 12-8.

Arjun Halakurki (55-kg) won bronze after beating Donghyeok Won of Korea and Mehar Singh (130-kg) lost his bronze medal game against Roman Kim of Kyrgyzstan by 2-3. Mehar was suffering from a wrist injury that he picked up in his semi-final bout earlier.

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