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first_imgBringing India’s medal tally to 4, Greco Roman wrestler Sajan gave his blood and sweat before emerging champion in the 77kg category. The other medals country won by the country on day 1 of the Junior Asian Championships are two silvers and a bronze.Four of the five Indians in action today returned with medals as Manjeet opted out of the event due to an injury.India’s medal tally at Junior Asian Wrestling ChampionshipIndia stands at four medals as the day one of the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship concludes.Sajan won goldVijay (55kg) and Aryan Pawar (130kg) settled for silver medalsKumar Sunil won bronze in the 87kgSajan opens India’s gold account at the eventSajan overcame Iran’s Shayan-Hosein Afifi 3-0 in the final to better his last year’s performance at the event when he won a bronze in Taipei. It was Sajan’s first international gold as he had a bronze at the Junior Worlds last year. Sajan wins Gold as India bags four medals on Day 1 of Junior Asian Wrestling Championship (Image: Twitter/DDNational)He had taken a 3-0 lead and maintained it throughout despite suffering a blow. With 27 seconds to go for the final whistle, he received a cut above the right eye and had to be treated. Sajan bravely held off the Iranian to claim the gold.He got past Tajikistan’s D. Rozikov by technical fall and then defeated Korea’s S Lee to reach the gold medal bout.Sajan told PTI:”I am glad I won the gold. I had won two bronze last year. At Junior Asian and at the Junior Worlds also I won bronze. So this is my first international gold. I was told by my coach to keep him passive and the strategy worked.”advertisementVijay’s silverVijay had to settle for the silver in the 55kg category after being outplayed by Iran’s Pouya Mohamad Naserpour. He lost the gold medal bout by technical fall.The Iranian dominated from the beginning as he raced to a 7-0 lead in the first 15 seconds of the bout. Vijay could not score a single point and conceded the decisive 0-8 lead.Pouya pushed Vijay out to begin his point-winning spree and then added more to his tally. Then he threw the Indian for a four-point move.It was a Herculean task for Vijay to erase the 0-7 lead. The roaring Iranian pushed Vijay out of mat one more time to seal the gold.Vijay had beaten H Katigiri 12-10 in the qualifying and then won the quarterfinal against Uzbekistans D Nematov by technical fall. In the closely fought semifinal, he beat Kazakhstan’s A Abdurkhmano 15-10.Aryan’s silverIn another gold medal bout in the 130kg category, Aryan Panwar lost 1-2 to Iran’s Amin Mohammadzaman Mirzazadeh. The Indian mostly was passive in the final.Aryan began with a dominating 9-1 win over Japan’s A Sakai in the quarterfinal and then came from behind to beat A Vakhobov 7-4. After conceding a 0-4 lead, Aryan won seven points in a row to move to the final.Kumar Sunil’s bronze and Manjeet’s falloutIn the 87kg, Kumar Sunil won the bronze after defeating Japan’s Toyomura Hiroto by technical fall as he raced to an 8-0 lead in the first round. Kumar lost his semifinal by technical fall to Iran’s M Saravi.Manjeet, the fifth Indian wrestler who was to compete in the 63kg category, pulled out of the event due to an injury.Junior Asian Wrestling Championship 2018This year’s Junior Asian Wrestling Championship is being held in India. The United World Wrestling (UWW) announced the hosting rights to Indian city for the tournament last year.The UWW is the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling and is headquartered in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img