Indian wrestler Ravinder satisfied himself with a silver medal bowing out of the 61 kg final at the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship to Kyrgyzstan’s Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old suffered a narrow 3-5 defeat to Ulukbek, who is also the reigning Asian U23 champion in the 61kg category.
Ravinder had earlier won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games apart from winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Cadet Asian Championships.
As a result, he became only the fifth silver medal-winner at the Championships. The likes of Bajrang Punia (65kg), Vinod Kumar (70kg) and women wrestler Ritu Phogat (48kg) had previously won the grey metal each in the first edition in Poland.
The previous silver was won by Ravi Dhaiya (57kg) who was the only Indian wrestler to bag a medal at Bucharest, Romania.
Wrestling: Indian grappler Ravinder settled for a silver medal after going down to Kyrgyzstan's Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov in the 61kg final at the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship pic.twitter.com/U2k0zNLkAy
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Although he had his chances in the final, Ravinder failed to get the better of Ulukbek, who won a bronze at the 2018 Senior Asian Championships.
Earlier, Ravinder had registered a massive 12-1 victory over Marcell Budai Kovacs of Hungary in the opening bout. This was followed with an 11-0 dismantling of Russian wrestler Dinislam Takhtarov in the quarter-finals.
In the semis, the Indian grappler had downed Armenia’s senior European champion Arsen Harutyunan 4-3 to barge into the finals
Jyoti storms into Semis
Elsewhere, Jyoti stormed into the semi-finals on Wednesday with a 12-1 victory over Moldovian wrestler Maria Leorda in the women’s 50kg bout.
The young wrestler beat Belarus’ Tatsiana Yafremenkato 6-1 to make it to the quarters.
Jyoti will now have to overcome Japan’s Kika Kagata for a place in the finals. She’ll be aiming to become only the second Indian to reach the finals of this prestigious competition this year.
However, it was not a happy ending for Pooja Yadav, whose campaign in the 59kg category came to an end after a disappointing 6-2 beating at the hands of top seed Tiana Grace Kennett.