Two Greco-Roman wrestlers had qualified from India for the Rio 2016 Olympics and they were the second and third wrestlers to do so in more than a decade. On Monday, one of the two – Ravinder Khatri lost easily by 9-0 in a technical knockout to reduce India’s hopes in bagging a medal and sending more and more athletes packing rather early in the competition. Now on Day 11, the other one also bit the dust with Hardeep Singh losing to Turkey’s Cenk Ildem 1-2 on points after fighting valiantly for the two periods. The onus now shifts to the freestyle wrestlers.
Greco-Roman Wrestling, As it happened:
1924 hrs IST: Cenk Ildem beats Hardeep Singh 2-1 on points
1923 hrs IST: Both wrestlers look tired. 30 seconds for Hardeep to do something
1922 hrs IST: Warning to Ildem and that’s one point to Hardeep
1919 hrs IST: After 2 minutes and 33 seconds, Hardeep is penalised for a foul. Ildem makes the most of it and leads 2-0 at end of first period
1917 hrs IST: Both wrestlers unable to gain any advantage in the first 1: 50 seconds. Ildem penalised and Hardeep has the advantage. But it isn’t taken by him. Stays scoreless
1916 hrs IST: Hardeep is in blue and has a styled logo of the Indian flag in the front.
1910 hrs IST: If you’re keen on watching the wrestling on TV in India, it is live on Star Sports 1.
1853 hrs IST: A bit on Hardeep’s opponent Cenk Ildem: Both wrestlers are 98kg but the Turk is aged 30 as against Hardeep who is 25.
1837 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir is ready for bout to begin
1830 hrs IST: The match is slated to start soon. It follows quite a number of matches before it.
India’s campaign in the Rio Olympics wrestling event got off to a disappointing start when Ravinder Khatri crashed out of the Greco-Roman 85kg category after suffering a first round loss.
Khatri failed to clear even one round in his category, going down tamely against Viktor Lorincz of Hungary and bowed out of the competition.
The 24-year-old grappler was thrashed 9-0 on Great Superiority by the Hungarian. Great Superiority indicates a difference of eight technical points in Greco-Roman with the loser without logging any points.
Khatri was lucky to gain an Olympic berth after his rival Kenzheev Zhanarbek of Kyrgyzstan failed a dope test in the
Asian Olympic qualifier in Kazakhstan.
This is the first time that two Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers have secured Olympic quotas after the 2004 Athens Games when Mausam Khatri had made the cut.
Khatri’s early elimination has left only compatriot Hardeep Singh (98kg) in fray in the Greco Roman category.
Hardeep will be seen in action on Tuesday.