Indian women fail to impress

 India’s Nirmala Devi (48kg) and Vinesh (51kg) failed to impress in the women’s section of the World Wrestling Championships even as men’s freestyle grappler Narsingh Yadav entered the repechages here on Wednesday.

Yadav ran into the reigning champion Jordan Burroughs of USA in the second round where he was summarily matted 0-7.

While Asian games bronze medallist Vinesh lost in the second round to Isabelle Sambou of Senegal, her compatriot Nirmala was overwhelmed by world no one Alyssa Lampe from USA 0-7 in the opening contest of the 48kg category.

Bajrang, who won India’s second medal  on Tuesday, dedicated his bronze medal to fellow grappler and mentor Yogeshwar Dutt for playing a key role in shaping his career. For Bajrang, who won the bronze in the 60kg category in Budapest, Olympic medallist Yogeshwar has always been a big influence throughout his career.

“Yogeshwar and I always share the room in camps. He has been a great guiding force for me apart from my coaches. He is always there to point out my shortcomings to make me a better wrestler. He deserves a lot of credit for this medal. His presence at the mat side also helped. I consider him my family and he also treats me like his younger brother,” Bajrang, who competes in the same weight category as Yogeshwar, told PTI from Budapest.

Despite conceding early points in a crucial bout, the Haryana lad produced a clinical display to rout Mongolia’s Nyam-Ochir Enkhsaikhan 9-2 in the bronze medal play-off in the 60kg category.

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