Wrestler Sunil Kumar ended the 27-year long wait of India for a Gold Medal in the Greco-Roman style at the Asian Wrestling Championship yesterday.
Sunil won gold in the GR 87 KG Category on Tuesday by defeating Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan 5-0 in the final and marked a historic moment. The last Gold Medal for India in the Greco-Roman Category at the Asian Championship came back in 1993 through Pappu Yadav and the nation had been on a dry spell ever since.
As for Sunil, he had won Silver Medal at last year’s championship and also showed off a great performance in the semi-finals where he came back from behind to get the win. He was down 1-8 at one point in the bout and came back strongly to get the win with a final score of 12-8. After the win, he said that he really worked hard for the result.
"I am feeling happy to have earned India's first Gold Medal today. I have worked really hard on my ground techniques and it feels good to have done better than my last year's performance," said Sunil [via India Today]
Elsewhere, Arjun Halakurki won Bronze Medal for India in the 55KG category as well after he defeated Donghyeok Won of Korea.