Sunil Kumar wins gold, ends 27-year wait for India in Greco-Roman wrestling | Memsaab.com

Sunil Kumar on Tuesday overpowered Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan 5-0 in the 87kg summit bout to end India's 27 years of gold medal drought in the Greco-Roman category in the Asian Wrestling Championships here on Tuesday. Before Sunil, Pappu Yadav had won the 48kg Greco-Roman title in 1993. Before Sunil’s historic gold medal, Arjun Halakurki (55kg) won a bronze by defeating Donghyeok Won of Korea 7-4.

Sunil made an impressive comeback in his semi-final bout to reach the final

Sunil made an impressive comeback in his semi-final bout to reach the final
In This Image: Sunil Kumar
Earlier, Sunil made an impressive comeback in his semi-final bout to reach the final. He was down 1-8 against his Kazakh opponent Azamat Kustubayev but made a great comeback, grabbing 11 points on the trot to win the bout 12-8. Before Sunil's historic gold medal, Arjun Halakurki (55kg) won a bronze by defeating Donghyeok Won of Korea 7-4.
 

After 25 years we have won a gold medal in the Asian Championships

After 25 years we have won a gold medal in the Asian Championships
In This Image: Sunil Kumar
After 25 years we have won a gold medal in the Asian Championships. He is our best bet to qualify for Olympics,” said chief national coach Hargobind Singh. It was good start to India’s campaign, and two medals came on the first day. India's third medal hope Mehar Singh (130kg), however, narrowly lost his bronze medal bout against Roman Kim of Kyrgyzstan 2-3.