India’s Narsingh Yadav missed out on a bronze medal after going down 1-6 to Ali Shabanau of Belarus in the repechage final of the 74kg category at the World Wrestling Championships. The freestyle wrestler had an opportunity to create history for India by bagging record third medal at the ongoing championships after Amit Kumar (silver) and Bajrang (bronze) in the 55kg and 60kg respectively earlier in the tournament. Also Read: Amit Kumar – World champ,almost
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Yadav’s opponent emerged more technically superior in the bronze-medal contest and made it a one-sided affair. Shabanau first collected two points on a back hold and followed it up with counter exposure when Yadav trying hard to get back into the match.
Trailing 0-4 at the end of first period,Yadav got one penalty point but the Belarusian added more to his kitty to clinch the issue. Also Read: In final,Amit’s opponent put worst foot forward
Earlier in the day,the 24-year-old Yadav made a resounding start as he overcame Russia’s Kakhaber Khubezhty 10-2 in the opening bout. However,he ran into the reigning world and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs of USA in the second round where he was summarily matted 0-7. The American,expectedly,reached the finals of the competition,giving Narsingh an opportunity to earn a podium finish through play-offs.
Later in the evening,Burroughs defeated Iran’s Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei 4-0 to win a third straight major gold. Burroughs also extended his undefeated streak to 65 matches.
After the final,Burroughs revealed that he suffered a broken ankle during training on August 22 but was able to recuperate quickly after surgery.
On his way to the title,Burroughs also defeated opponents from Tajikistan,Yadav of India and Azerbaijan. In the semifinals,his rival,Ali Shabanau of Belarus,was disqualified after cautions for attacks to the face.