Bajrang on Saturday bagged a gold medal in the men's 61kg Freestyle event at the Dave Schultz Memorial International Wrestling Championship at Colorado Springs, USA, even as Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt failed to take part in the competition due to ill health.
Ecstatic to be named for the Padma Bhushan award, India's most decorated wrestling coach Satpal Singh says the honour has motivated him to work harder and his aim now is to improve the country's medal tally in wrestling in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
India's most decorated wrestling coach Satpal was on Sunday ecstatic after he was named for Padma Bhusan award as he dedicated the award to "all his students" without whom it wouldn't have been possible for him to get country's third highest civilian award.
Double Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar and six other Indian athletes will get to train at the SPIRE Institute in the first week of November under a joint venture between Sheru Classic and the Ohio-based institute.
All geared up for the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games gold medallist grappler Amit Kumar confessed had he been conferred with Arjuna award it would have given him added motivation to go for a podium finish at the multi-sport event, commencing on Friday at Incheon.
North Korea has feted wrestler Yang Kyong Il at a reception to celebrate his gold medal at the world championships in Tashkent and said his success had been built on the "wise leadership and deep loving care" of leader Kim Jong Un.
Indian wrestlers drew a blank in the FILA World Championship as they ended their campaign with a listless show on the final day of the competition with three of them crashing out in the initial rounds of their respective Greco-Roman bouts here on Sunday.
Sandeep Tulsi Yadav, who created history by winning India's first-ever medal in the Greco-Roman category in the World Wrestling Championship last year, failed to repeat his feat this time around as he went down in the Round of 32 in the 66kg division here on Saturday.
After a disappointing show by the Indian men and women grapplers in the freestyle category, the country's Greco-Roman wrestlers came up with a better showing in the ongoing FILA World Championship, here today.
Indian women grapplers continued their disappointing performance with three of them making yet another early exit in their respective weight categories on day four of the FILA World Championship, here today.
After a disappointing show by the Indian men in freestyle category, the women grapplers also failed to make their presence felt with Commonwealth Games silver medallist Sakshi Malik (60kg) bowing out of the FILA World Championships in the quarterfinal here today.
Yogeshwar Dutt, who will lead India's challenge at the upcoming Asian Games in the absence of Sushil Kumar, is expecting the grapplers to win three to four freestyles medals for the country in the mega-event known to have much tougher competition than the Commonwealth Games.
Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallists Babita Kumari and Vinesh Phogat will spearhead a four-member Indian women`s wrestling team at the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, Korea from September 19 to October 4.
His eyes firmly trained on the 2016 Rio Games, two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, in all probability, will skip the upcoming World Championship as well as the Asian Games slated to be held next month, as he now wants to win a gold in the biggest sporting event.