Narsingh slips in bronze medal bout at World Wrestling C`ships
Budapest: India`s Narsingh Yadav missed out on a bronze medal after going down 1-6 to Ali Shabanau of Belarus in the repechage final of the 74kg category at the World Wrestling Championships here on Wednesday.
The freestyle wrestler had an opportunity to create history for India by bagging record third-medal at the ongoing championships after Amit Kumar and Bajrang in the 55kg and 60kg respectively earlier in the tournament.
In other contests today, Nirmala Devi (48kg) and Vinesh (51kg) made early exits from the women`s competition at the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena here.
Yadav`s opponent emerged more technically superior in the bronze-medal contest and made it a one-sided affair. Shabanau first collected two points on a back hold and followed it up with counter exposure when Yadav trying hard to get back into the match.
Trailing 0-4 at the end of first period, Yadav got one penalty point but the Belarusian added more to his kitty to clinch the issue.
India had bagged two bronze medals at the last year`s women championships in Edmonton, Canada through Geeta Phogat (55kg) and Babita Kumari (51kg).
Earlier in the day, Yadav ran into the reigning champion Jordan Burroughs of USA in the second round where he was summarily matted 0-7, halting the Commonwealth Games gold medallist`s progress in the tournament.
The 2011 World champion Burroughs proved his might over the 24-year-old Indian, who made a resounding start as he overcame Russia`s Kakhaber Khubezhty 10-2 in the opening bout, by decimating his challenge 0-7.
The American, expectedly, reached the finals of the competition, giving Narsingh an opportunity to earn a podium finish through play-offs.
And the Maharashtra-lad began with a bang. In the first repechage round, he blanked Tajikistan`s Gamid Dzhalilov 7-0 and then eked out a clinical performance to romp over Jabrayil Hassanov of Azerbaijan 13-4 to set up India`s chances to create history at the world championships.
While Asian games bronze medallist Vinesh lost in the second round to Isabelle Sambou of Senegal, her compatriot Nirmala was overwhelmed by world no one Alyssa Lampe from USA 0-7 in the opening contest of the 48kg category.
Vinesh has an easy first bout and defeated Mexico`s Wendy Martinez 7-0 but she failed overcome Isabelle in a enticing battle.
Vinesh opened her scored as she was awarded a caution point but soon here opponent gained the upper hand by completing a back hold (two points) and finished the first three minute period with 2-1 advantage.
The Indian started off well in the second period and collected a two points to gain a lead but the Senegal girl soon wrested the advantage in her favour with another back grip on the Indian.
Trailing 3-4, Vinesh made spirited attempts to pull her down but the clock ran out for the Indian.