NEW DELHI, Nov 18: Ravi Kumar faltered in the final of the 57 kg category in the 2018 Under-23 World Men’s Freestyle Championships at Bucharest (Romania), settling for a silver medal on Saturday night.
Ravi was the lone Indian to make the grade but lost in the final to Japan’s Toshihiro Hasegawa, a 2013 Cadet World bronze medallist, unable to last the full course bout. The Japanese, who won by fall, led 4-0 in the first period was not only strong but was tactically good.
In the second period, the Japanese gained upper hand very early and by locking a cradle pinned the Indian to the mat to get the verdict in his favour and the gold.
This was the first under-23 Freestyle event, organized by the world body in five weight categories—57 kg, 65, 70, 79 and 97.
Earlier, Ravi had beat Jahongirmirza of Uzbekistan, winning on points (10-8), in what was a close semifinals. In the previous round, Ukraine’s Taras Markovych had become his victim as the Indian won 12-4. He had received a bye in the qualification round and defeated Romania’s Marian Razvan 7-5 to earn his quarterfinal berth.
Russia, Japan, Georgia, USA and Ukraine were the teams that finished among the top five countries to participate in the championships. Meanwhile, in the 74 Kg Freestyle event, Praveen Malik will be up against Slovakia’s Akhsarbek Gulaev in the repechage round. Sunil Kumar will face the winner of Sargis Hopsevyan and Illiskhan Chilayev match in the repechage round of 92 kg Freestyle event.