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Rio 2016: Wrestler Sandeep Tomar loses in pre-quarters, awaits repechage results

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Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Indian wrestler Sandeep Tomar, who was expected to bring glory for the country in the absence of embattled Narsingh Yadav at the ongoing Rio Olympics, suffered a 3-7 defeat at the hands of Russia’s Victor Lebedev in the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s freestyle 57kg event here on Friday.

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After going down 0-3 at the end of the first period, Tomar continued to strive under pressure before some good defence by the Russian saw him earn another two points.


Subsequently, the 25-year-old Indian debutant pushed Lebedev out of bounds to get a single point, but the Russian once again extended his gap to 7-3 to storm into the quarter-finals.

However, as per repechage system, Sandeep still has a chance to bring himself back in the medal contention if his opponent reaches the final of the event.

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Tomar had secured a quota berth for the prestigious quadrennial event with a bronze-medal finish in the first World Olympic Qualifying tournament in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.