Sunil Kumar on Tuesday overthrown Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan 5-0 in the 87kg summit bout to win India’s first Greco-Roman gold medal in Asian Wrestling Championships in 27 years. Sunil now becomes “The only third Indian ever to achieve this feat after Pappu Yadav.With his strong defence, Sunil was able to keep Salidinov at bay for most of the bout. Salidinov didn’t had an answer to the strategy of Sunil and finally went down pretty quickly and easily.
Sunil Kumar said,’I am feeling happy to have earned India’s first gold medal today. I have worked really hard on my ground techniques and it feels good to have done better than my last year’s performance,’.
Before Sunil’s historic gold medal win, Arjun Halakurki (55kg) won his Bronze Medal bout defeating Donghyeok Won of Korea. Arjun started the bout slowly and was down by 1-4 in the first period. But Arjun didn’t give up and came back strongly snatching six straight points with a combination of good defence and attack. The final score at the end of the bout was 7-4 in favour of Arjun.