Wrestler Ravinder earns shot at gold medal; Baliyan, Deepak win bronze at junior world championship | More sports News
Ravinder had won the Asian Cadet title in 2018 and also won a silver at the 2019 Under-23 World championship.
The 20-year-old Baliyan won the bronze play-off in just 65 seconds, winning his bout against Germany's Richard Shroeder by technical superiority.
He began with a four-point throw and before the German could gather himself, Baliyan came up with consecutive take-down moves to end the bout in a jiffy.
Deepak took the 97kg bronze with a 3-2 win over Milan Andras Korcsog from Hungary.
Ravinder controlled the semifinal against Armenia's Levik Mikayelyan after trailing 0-2, losing both points on push out.
His tactical acumen was on display as he kept affecting point-scoring moves one after another, especially with the double leg attacks.
Three consecutive take-downs pushed him into the lead and he consolidated that with one more.
He finished the bout on technical superiority with a four-pointer, with which he threw the Armenian out of the mat after getting hold of the right leg of his rival.
Earlier, in the action-packed pre-quarterfinal against Ivan Hramyka from Belarus, Ravinder's agility stood out as he won 5-2. Ivan had a good attacking style but the Indian's better stamina helped him immensely.
In the quarterfinal against Brunei's Alibeg Alibegov, Ravinder's superior defense was on display.
Alibeg got hold of Ravinder's right leg and then also initiated a dangerous-looking double leg attack but, on both occasions, the Indian used his power and brain to wriggle out.
Among other Indians in action, Yash (74kg) lost in pre-quarter finals while Vetal Shelkle (86kg), Pruthviraj Patil (92kg) and Aniruddh (125kg) lost their respective quarterfinals.
Going out of medal contention were Shubham (57kg) and Rohit (65kg), who lost their respective repechage rounds.
August 17, 2021, 6:50 pm