Ravinder is well poised to win a gold medal for India at the UWW U-23 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Fans in India can catch all the action LIVE as the 22-year-old takes on Ulukbek ZholdoHOLDOSHBEKOV of Kyrigystan.
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Ravinder has set a date with history with an upset win over European champion Arsen HARUTYUNYAN of Armenia in their U-23 World Championship semi-final bout. The Sonepat boy is line to create a history for Indian wrestling. No other Indian wrestler has won a UWW U23 World Championship title till date.
Wrestling fraternity will be watching keenly as Ravinder takes a plunge to add another feather in the cap of rapidly progressing Indian wrestling.
India has never ever won a UWW U23 World Championship gold medal.
The final starting at 10:30 today (Wednesday) will be streamed LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on www.wretlingtv.in.
INDIA AT UWW U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 – The first edition of the UWW U23 World Wrestling Championships was held in Poland. Indian wrestlers won 3 silver medals in the inaugural edition. Bajrang Punia won Silver in 65kg, Vinod Kumar in 70kg freestyle category and Ritu Phogat became one and only women from India ever to win U23 World Championship medal by entering the finals of 48kg category, where she lost to Even Demirhan of Turkey.
2018 – Unlike 2017, in the second edition in Bucharest, Romania Indian wrestlers could only muster one Silver medal courtesy Ravi Dahiya in the 57kg.
RAVINDER’S OPPONENT IN THE FINAL
Ravinder who hails from Sonepat will be up against Ulukbek ZHOLDOSHBEKOV of Kyrigystan in the finals. Ulukbek got better of a wrestler from Japan in the semi-finals. The 23-year-old Kyrigistan wrestler is the current Asian U23 champion in the category. In the last World U23 Championships in 2018 he had finished in the 5th place. Ulukbek’s most creditable performance was seen in the Senior Asian Championships in 2018 where he won bronze medal.
In contrast Ravinder is little short on credentials at the international stage but great with his form and strength and no one knows it better than his European champion semi-finals opponent from Armenia. Arsen HARUTYUNYAN started as favorite in the semi-final bout against Ravinder and as per his billing took 3-0 lead by end of the round 1. In the round 2 Ravinder who works with Indian Air Force showed great fighting spirit to score the succor move to which the Arsen did not had any answer. Ravinder finally won the bout by fall and became the first wrestler from India in this edition of the U23 World championship to enter the finals.
Earlier, Ravinder had scored victories over experienced campaigners from Russia and host Hungary. In the Last 16 bout, Ravinder defeated Marcell BUDAI KOVACS of Hungary by 12-1 scoreline. In the quarterfinal Indian got the better of Dinislam TAKHTAROV of Russia.
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