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Poor start by Indian wrestlers

December 09, 2006 19:23 IST

India's Ravinder Singh, Anil Kumar and Sanjay made a dismal beginning to the country's campaign on the wrestling mat and were eliminated with only Singh winning a bout at the Asian Games Greco Roman competitions in Doha on Saturday.

Singh was totally outclassed in the 60 kg repechage event by his much superior Uzbekistan rival, Aripov Dilshod, who won 3-0. Syria's Al Ken Muhammad proved technically far superior to Kumar as the Indian lost tamely 5-0 in the 96 kg class repechage contest.

Earlier, 25-year-old Singh had started off well by getting the better of Iraq's Jassim Ahmed 3-0 in 3 minutes, 40 seconds but lost his quarter-final match against China's Jiang Shen 1-3 before losing his repechage bout to bow out.

In the 96 kg category, Anil Kumar fell by the wayside as he lost 0-3 to Iran's Mosoud Hashem Zadeh in the preliminary round. Later he lost to Syrian Muhammad and made his exit.

In the 74 kg , India's Sanjay lost to Japan's Taichi Suga 1-3 in his first bout.


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