Jakarta : Narender Grewal (65kg) had to be content with a bronze medal yet again in the Asian Games after losing the men’s Sanda semi-finals even as the Indian Wushu team savoured its best ever show at the continental showpiece with four medals on Wednesday.
All the four Indians in action on Wednesday were assured of at least a bronze after reaching the semi-finals but all of them lost their last-four bouts. Wushu, a Chinese Kung-fu, is different from other combat sports as it is a mix of kick-boxing and wrestling.
Grewal, who won a bronze in Sanda 60kg in the 2014 Asian Games, lost 0-2 to Iran’s Foroud Zafari in the 65kg semi-finals after getting the better of Clemente Tabugara of the Philippines and Akmal Rakhimov in the earlier rounds.
Santosh Kumar, a bronze medallist from 2013 World Championships, lost 0-2 to Vietnam’s Truong Giang Bui in the Sanda 56 kg category.
Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (60kg Sanda), who had beaten Abdul Soyan Haris and Jean Claude Saclag in the earlier rounds, also lost 0-2 to Erfan Ahangarian of Iran in the semi-finals.
Roshibina Devi (60kg women’s Sanda) had a lucky draw and was seeded straight into the quarter-finals, where she beat Pakistan’s Mubashra before losing 0-1 to China’s Cai Yingying in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
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