Junior Wrestling World Championship: Ravinder confirms India’s first medal at Junior Worlds, reaches final in 61kg category – India’s Ravinder confirmed India’s first medal at the Junior Wrestling World Championship in the boys’ 61-kg freestyle category. He thrashed Armenia’s Levik Mikayelyan in the semifinal 12-2 by technical superiority to storm into the final and confirm a medal for India. In the final, he will face Iran’s Rahman Amouzadkhalili tomorrow.
Earlier, in the quarterfinal, Ravinder showed tremendous defense skills to reach the 61kg semifinals of the junior world championship here on Monday even as three of his compatriots bit the dust in the quarterfinals.
In the action-packed pre-quarterfinal against Ivan Hramyka from Belarus, Ravinder’s agility stood out as he won 5-2. Ivan had a good attacking style but the Indian’s better stamina helped him immensely.
In the quarterfinal against Brunei’s Alibeg Alibegov, Ravinder’s superior defense was on display.
Ravinder confirms India’s first medal at Junior Worlds, reaches final in 61kg category
Alibeg got hold of Ravinder’s right leg and then also initiated a dangerous-looking double leg attack but on both occasions, Ravinder used his power and brain to wriggle out.
Ravinder had won a silver medal at the Under-23 World Championship in 2019.
Among Other Indians in action, Yash (74kg) lost in the pre-quarterfinals while Vetal Shelkle (86kg), Pruthviraj Patil (92kg) and Aniruddh (125kg) lost their respective quarterfinals.