At the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Indian grappler Ravinder settled for a silver medal after going down to Kyrgyzstan’s Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov in the final. He suffered a 3-5 loss to Ulukbek in 61-kg category yesterday. Ulukbek is the current Asian U23 champion.
Ravinder led till the end of the first period but a strong comeback from Ulukbek ensured that the latter won the bout 5-3 by superiority of play.
Despite the loss, it was a creditable performance from Ravinder who who had won gold at the South Asian Games in 2016 and also a bronze at the Cadet Asian Championships in 2014.
This was India’s first medal at the 2019 edition and overall fifth silver at the Championships.
Among other Indians, Jyoti stormed into the semi-finals, with a 12-1 win over Moldova’s Maria Leorda in the women’s 50-kg bout.