Hardeep's day ends in disappointment

The Indian lost to Turkey's Cenk Ildem 2-1 in his opening bout in the 98kg Greco-Roman category. The Turkish grappler's loss to Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia in the semifinal ended Hardeeep’s chances of making it back to the competition — for the bronze medal — through the repechage round.

Hardeep Singh... another one bites the dust.   -  Sandeep Saxena

India's Greco-Roman wrestler Hardeep Singh lost his opening round bout in the 98 kg category by technical points to Turkey's Cenk Ildem at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. The Turkish wrestler won the bout 2-1 despite a stiff resistance from the 25-year-old Indian.

The Turkish grappler's loss to Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia in the semifinal ended Hardeeep’s chances of making it back to the competition — for the bronze medal — through the repechage round.

The opening round was fought well by Hardeep and he, in fact, was given an advantage by the referee due to passive fighting from Ildem. While Hardeep pinned his rival to the ground, he failed to do the required flip which would have earned him technical points. To his horror, in the very next round, it was the Turk's turn to capitalise on an advantage and he did the flip effectively to get the required two points.

In the final round, Hardeep did pull a point back, but it wasn't enough and his 30-year-old opponent came up trumps.

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