Ravi Dahiya gets walkover in Asian Wrestling Championship trials; Bajrang through as well

Tokyo Olympics medalists Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg) and Bajrang Punia (65kg) won their respective Asian wrestling championships selection trials held in Delhi on Thursday.

Ravi got a walkover from National champion and fellow Chhatrasal akhara mate Aman. (File Photo)   -  REUTERS

Tokyo Olympics medallists Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg) and Bajrang Punia (65kg) won their respective Asian wrestling championships selection trials held in Delhi on Thursday.

The men’s freestyle and Greco Roman trials were held to pick the Indian sides for the continental event to be held at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from April 19 to 24.

Ravi, Bajrang and Olympian Deepak Punia got direct entries to the final. Ravi got a walkover from National champion and fellow Chhatrasal akhara mate Aman.

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Bajrang, who recovered from injuries and returned to competitive wrestling after the Olympics, rallied to beat National champion Rohit. Deepak defeated international Vinod.

The squad:

Freestyle: Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg), Mangal Kadyan (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Naveen (70kg), Yash (74kg), Gourav Baliyan (79kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Viky (92kg), Satyawart Kadian (97kg), Anirudh Kumar (125kg).

Greco Roman: Arjuna Halakurki (55kg), Gyanender (60kg), Neeraj (63kg), Sachin Sehrawat (67kg), Vikas (72kg), Sajan (77kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg), Sunil Kumar (87kg), Ravi (97kg), Prem (130kg).

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