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World Wrestling Championships: Sandeep Tomar Loses Out On Chance To Play Bronze-Medal Round



Sandeep Tomar lost to Bekhbayar Erdenebat of Mongolia. © AFP




Rio Olympian Sandeep Tomar failed to reach the bronze medal play-offs after losing his second repechage bout on Friday, even as Indian grapplers continued to struggle in the World Wrestling Championships. India remained medal-less on the fifth and penultimate day of the competition. Tomar (57kg), along with Harphool (61kg), lost in the Round of 16 but the former got fortunate to get a repechage when his opponent from Japan made the finals.

Tomar posted A comfortable 10-0 win over Aso Palini of Canada in his first repechage bout but went down to Bekhbayar Erdenebat of Mongolia 0-10 to miss out on a place for a third-fourth finish.

Earlier, both Sandeep and Harphool lost in the Round of 16. While Yuki Takahashi of Japan beat Sandeep 14-3, Deepak was handed a 0-10 defeat by Cengizhan Erdogan of Turkey.

Sandeep had advanced to the Round of 16 with a 8-2 win over European bronze medallist Zavur Uguev of Russia and Harphool blanked Elmedin Ssejfulau of Macedonia 8-0 in the qualification round.

Other Indians – Deepak (86kg) and Sumit (125kg) – lost their respective qualification bouts itself to crash out of the tournament.

While Deepak went down 2-5 to Mas ao Matsusaka of Japan, Sumit lost to Russia's Anzor Khizriev 0-4.


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