Asian Wrestling Championships: Anil Kumar, Jyoti win bronze

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Anil Kumar and Jyoti won bronze in the Greco-Roman 85kg and women's 75kg category respectively at the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi on Thursday.

While Anil registered a 7-6 victory over Uzbekistan's Muhammadali Shamsiddinov, Jyoti won bronze after losing 0-10 to Japan's Masako Furuichi in the semi-finals.

Having entered the bronze medal play-offs, Anil displayed commendable skills and technique to finish third.

Lagging behind 1-6 and being pinned down by his Uzbekistan rival during the bronze medal bout, Anil not just released himself from the grip of his opponent, but also managed to take him down to earn two points.

With those two points he narrowed down the gap to 3-6.

After that there was hardly any looking back for the 29-year old, who pinned down the Uzbek grappler twice to win four successive points, wrapping up the match by a solitary point.

"I just wanted to come out of that position when I was down on the mat and with the help of my coaches who were guiding me, I could turn the table around," Anil, hailing from Sonepat, said.

This was the first time Anil was competing in the Asian Championships.

"I am really very happy and proud to give my country a medal. The crowd really motivated me to turn the tide in my favour. It was really nice to get the home support," said Anil.

Earlier in the day, Jyoti, despite losing her semifinal bout to Furuichi, won the bronze medal as there were less number of wrestlers in her weight division and had no opponent to fight in the repechage round.

She had earlier won the qualification round by outplaying Seoyeon Jeong of Korea 5-1.

Among other Indians, Ritu fought hard in the bronze medal play-off match in women's 63kg division but missed out on a medal, going down 1-1 against Jinyoung Hang of Korea.

She had previously defeated Min-Wen Hou of Taipei 5-4 to enter the semis, but subsequently lost to Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia 2-12 by fall verdict in the initial rounds.

In the Greco-Roman 71kg, Deepak went down to Nurgazy Asangulov of Kyrgyzstan 1-8 in a one-sided contest.

Deepak had earlier lost his quarterfinal bout to Iran's Afshin Nemat Byabangard 1-3, but still made it to the bronze medal play-off as the latter reached the gold medal round.

The other Greco-Roman Indian wrestler in the fray, Gyanender (59kg) lost in the qualification round after losing 1-5 to Kaly Sulaimanov of Kazakhstan.