Wushu players delivered two bronze through Yumnam Sanathoi Devi and Narender Grewal after they lost their respective semifinal contests to cap off India’s campaign on an impressive note on the fourth day of the competitions at the Asian Games here today.
Sanathoi lost to Zhang Luan of China in women’s Sanda 52kg category semifinals, while Grewal was defeated by Jean Claude Saclag of Philippines in men’s Sanda 60kg semifinals. Both the Indians went down in identical 0-2 ‘Win by Round’ verdicts.
The two bronze today ensured that wushu players managed to equal the two medals they bagged in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, China where India won a silver and a bronze.
Sanathoi could not give much fight to her Chinese opponent who was clearly the better player in the contest and it was no surprise that the Manipuri lost in first two rounds.
But, it was a tough fight between Grewal and Jean Claude and the Indian was really aggressive against his Filipino opponent. Grewal even threw down his opponent thrice in the two rounds, including one out of the mat leading to the Filipino getting a Fall-Off against his name.
After losing the first round, Grewal kept on trying his best to take the second but his opponent was up to the task and the Indian had to be content with the bronze.