Bringing India’s medal tally to 4, Greco Roman wrestler Sajan gave his blood and sweat before emerging champion in the 77kg category. The other medals country won by the country on day 1 of the Junior Asian Championships are two silvers and a bronze.
India stands at four medals as the day one of the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship concludes.
1. Sajan won gold.
2. Vijay (55kg) and Aryan Pawar (130kg) settled for silver medals.
3. Kumar Sunil won bronze in the 87kg.
Sajan overcame Iran’s Shayan-Hosein Afifi 3-0 in the final to better his last year’s performance at the event when he won a bronze in Taipei. It was Sajan’s first international gold as he had a bronze at the Junior Worlds last year.
He had taken a 3-0 lead and maintained it throughout despite suffering a blow. With 27 seconds to go for the final whistle, he received a cut above the right eye and had to be treated. Sajan bravely held off the Iranian to claim the gold. He got past Tajikistan’s D. Rozikov by technical fall and then defeated Korea’s S Lee to reach the gold medal bout.
In another gold medal bout in the 130kg category, Aryan Panwar lost 1-2 to Iran’s Amin Mohammadzaman Mirzazadeh. The Indian mostly was passive in the final. Aryan began with a dominating 9-1 win over Japan’s A Sakai in the quarterfinal and then came from behind to beat A Vakhobov 7-4. After conceding a 0-4 lead, Aryan won seven points in a row to move to the final.