Rome | India’s Greco-Roman wrestler Sooraj scripted historical past within the Beneath-17 World Championships by securing gold within the 55kg class. Sooraj hoisted the Indian flag on Tuesday after beating European champion Farim Mustafayev of Azerbaijan with a technical excellence (11-0). Earlier than this historic victory of Sooraj, Pappu Yadav had received gold for India 32 years in the past within the Beneath-17 Championship 1990. It was India’s third gold within the Beneath-17 world and India’s fourth gold in all world championships mixed. Yadav received the Beneath-17 World Championships in 1990 and the Beneath-20 World Championships in 1992, whereas Vinod Kumar led India to Beneath-17 gold in 1980.
United World Wrestling quoted Sooraj as saying, “This was my first tour. I had little or no expertise with grip and stance. I realized all this in a single camp. The 16-year-old Suraj dominated Azerbaijan’s Mustafayev with two four-point throws within the closing. Suraj aggressively tried to seek out a gap in opposition to Mustafayev after which the referee declared the Azerbaijani wrestler inactive within the first interval. Suraj, who took a 1-0 lead, prevented a move within the second interval after which hit a takedown to increase his result in 3-0.
He was nonetheless at risk of being known as inactive with greater than a minute left, however he used an underhook to gather 4 factors and take a 7–0 lead. Mustafayev tried to return to the struggle however Suraj threw him onto the mat with management and received the bout and the gold 11-0.
Ronit Sharma, nevertheless, received silver after dropping within the closing bout to Ali Ahmadi Wafa of Iran. He might have created historical past however the Iranian participant denied it with a 3-3 win within the 48kg closing. The 2 had beforehand met on the Beneath-17 Asian Championships on two events, with Ahmadi Wafa successful the group stage bout and Sharma successful the ultimate.
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