Harpreet Singh bagged a bronze medal in Greco-Roman 80kg category being the lone bright spot for India on the opening day of the Asian Wrestling Championship. Harpreet bagged his second successive bronze medal at the Asian Championship after defeating Junjie Na of China 3-2.
Harpreet started off in a brilliant fashion defeating Yuya Maeta of Japan 2-1 in the qualification round, but he couldn’t register a win against June- Hyoung Kim of Korea, losing 0-8 in the quarterfinals. Hyoung Kim has made it to the gold medal round with Harpreet getting a chance to finish on the podium as he face Junjie Na of China later on Wednesday. Gurpreet, on the other hand, managed to pull off a win over Burgo Beishaliev of Kyrgyzstan and entered the bronze medal round in his repechage bout.
“There was a lot of pressure on me as I was the only medal hope left and I wanted to give the country a medal on the first day of the championship, being the hosts. I focused very hard and strategised how I could win the bronze. I am glad I could apply the strategy well to win the medal in the end” said Harpreet, who had bagged a bronze at the last edition in Bangkok, Thailand. Another Indian in Gurpreet Singh (75kg) came close to finishing on the podium but lost his bronze medal bout 0-8 in just 38 seconds to Bin Yang of China.