London Olympics 2012: Poor start by Indian wrestlers as Amit, Narsingh crash out

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2012, 23:51 PM IST

London: Indian male freestyle wrestlers started their Olympics campaign on a disappointing note as both young Amit Kumar and Narsingh Pancham Yadav crashed out of their respective categories in contrasting fashion at the ExCel centre here today.

While Amit`s campaign ended after losing in the second round of the repechage stage of the 55kg fresstyle category, Narsingh bowed out in his opening bout of the 74kg division.

Amit, the youngest wrestler in the Indian contingent at 19, was handed a lifeline as he made it to the repechage stage after losing the quarter-final bout.

But the Indian went down 0-3 to Radoslav Marinov Velikov of Bulgaria to lose out on a place in the bronze medal play-off tie.

Amit, however, started off well as he beat Asian champion Hassan Sabzali Rahimi of Iran in the pre-quarter finals before going down 1-3 to Georgia`s Vladimer Khinchegashvili rather tamely in the last eight.

But with the Georgian progressing to the final, Amit got another chance to have a crack at the bronze medal in the repechage.

Narsingh, however, had no such luck as his vanquisher, Matthew Judah Gentry of Canada also lost in the subsequent round in the 74kg freestyle category.

The wrestler from Mumbai lost 1-3 to the Canadian in the pre-quarters.

Earlier in the day, Amit started his campaign well with a hard-fought victory over Iran`s Rahimi in the pre-quarters. After both the wrestlers finished their contest on an even keel, the Indian got a 3-1 verdict in his favour.

Narsingh lost his pre-quarter final contest against Canada`s Matthew Judah Gentry, who scripted a comfortable 3-1 victory.

Gentry took control of the contest, winning the first period 3-0 on technical points and though the Indian fought better in the second round which ended 1-1, it was not enough to stop the Canadian from progressing to the next round.

PTI