World Wrestling Championship: Gurpreet out, in race for new medal: Despite presenting a tough challenge to India’s Gurpreet Singh, he faced a loss to world number two Victor Nemes in a close match of the World Wrestling Championship here on Monday, while Naveen is in the medal race with the help of luck.

Naveen had to face defeat against 2018 Pan American champion Oscar Pino Hinda in the 130kg category qualification round in Greco Roman style but the Cuban wrestler’s hopes of winning the Indian wrestler’s medal remain alive as the finalists reach the final.

Naveen will now have to defeat Heiki Nabi of Estonia and then Murat Ramonov of Kyrgyzstan to reach the bronze medal round.

Gurpreet took a 1–0 lead against the 2017 World Championship Viktor in the 77kg category when the Serbian wrestler was awarded a one-point penalty for adopting a more defensive attitude. Gurpreet was leading 1-0 after the first period.

Gurpreet lost points in the second period due to his more defensive attitude. Victor meanwhile attempted to knock Gurpreet off the mat but lost the balance at the edge of the circle and fell with the Indian wrestler but despite this, Reffrey gave Serbia’s wrestler two points.

Indian coach Hargovind challenged the decision but the decision went against him, leaving Gurpreet one more point. The Serbian wrestler then retained his lead and made it to the next round.

Victor then suffered a loss in the quarter-finals against Ashkhat Dilmukhamedov of Kazakhstan, shattering Gurpreet’s hopes of competing for a medal through a repechage.

Before the defeat against Victor, Gurpreet made a stunning start to Michael Wagner of Austria.

Manish also defeated Lari Johannes Mekhonen of Finland in the 1/16 bout of the 60kg category. The Indian wrestler was 0–3 behind at one time but after that with 11 consecutive points he won on the basis of technical efficiency.

Manish showed speed and aggression on Matt while Mekhonen barely attacked.

Manish, however, suffered a defeat in the next round against world number three wrestler Viktor Siobanu of Maldova on the basis of technical proficiency.

Maldova’s boxer then lost to Kenichiro Fumita of Japan in the quarter-finals, leaving Manish out of the medal race.

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