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Asian Games : No podium on last day as campaign ends in wrestling with 3 medals


Jakarta : After the high of two gold and a bronze medal in freestyle competition, India endured a disappointing end to their wrestling campaign at the Asian Games with Greco-Roman grappler Harpreet Singh losing his bronze medal bout.

Harpreet, competing in a higher weight category (87kg), lost 3-6 to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Kustubayev in a bout in which a few questions were raised about umpiring. Harpreet was India’s lone medal hope after Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Naveen (130kg) and Hardeep (97) failed to reach the medal round. Harpreet was given passivity warning when he seemed to be more aggressive than his opponent. Indian coaches cried foul, saying Harpreet has been made to lose. “The Kazakh wrestler has not won but our wrester has been defeated,” said one of the coaches.

However, national coach Kuldeep Singh said Harpreet should not have conceded point on lift. “There may be issues with regards to officiating but he should not have conceded that lift from ground position. He has never done that in his career and now at this level, it was not expected.”

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