Gold for Bajrang, ‘rusty’ Sushil crashes out of Asian Games

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 19 (PTI) A dominating Bajrang Punia opened India’s gold medal account at the Asian Games, bringing smiles and relief to the Indian camp which was jolted by the early exit of star wrestler Sushil Kumar here today. An in-form Bajrang won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category but a ‘rusty’ Sushil lost his last chance to add an Asiad gold to his collection of medals after losing his qualification bout 3-5 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the 74kg category. Bajrang came into the Games after winning three tournaments — Commonwealth Games, Tbilisi Grand Prix and Yasar Dogu International — and carried on with his superlative show here. Such was his domination that the 24-year-old from Haryana won all his bouts, till the final, by technical superiority. He outclassed Uzbekistans Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout. In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but Bajrang held his nerves to prevail 11-8 in an exciting battle. He raced to a 6-0 lead but the Japanese kept at it and put Bajrang under immense pressure. Bajrang emulated his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, who won gold in the last edition, and is now one of the few Asiad gold medal winners in wrestling. Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are among Asiad gold winners from India. A lot was expected from all five wreslters in action today but Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Pawan Kumar (86kg) faded out early.advertisement Pawan got a chance to redeem his campaign but lost his repechage round by technical superiority (0-11) to local boy Fahriansyah. The biggest blow though came when two-time Olympic medallist Sushil, who was exempted from Asiad trails, lost tamely. Sushil, winner of a bronze at the 2006 Doha edition, was competing at the Games after skipping the last two editions. The Indian led 2-1 after the first period with a take down but the Bahraini made a strong comeback to silence the Indian fans. Sushil himself was surprised with his defeat. “I did not expect this. I did not have any big competition under my belt and that was the main reason for my defeat. But it’s part of sport. I will train harder and come back,” said Sushil. “I was not passive. I tried. It was just that there was not much time between CWG and Asian Games, so I could not compete at bigger and better events to prepare.” The London Olympics silver medallist created two opportunities to score in the second period but could not convert them while Batirov did not miss his chances. He led 3-2 with a take down and then pushed the Indian out for a win. For Sushil to remain in the medal contention, Batirov needed to make the final. But the Bahraini lost his quarterfinal bout 2-8 to Japan’s Yuhi Fujinami, resulting to Sushil’s exit. Sandeep Tomar, who was the last wrestler to book a berth for the Games through trials, showed immense promise before crashing out in the quarterfinals. He won his second round 12-8 against Turkmenistan’s Rustem Nazarov but was outwitted 9-15 by Iran’s Reza Atrinagharchi. Tomar put up a brave fight and was locked 6-6 with his tactically superior Iranian rival. In the second period, though, Reza just ran away with the bout with his big-scoring moves. The Iranian later lost his semifinal bout, which resulted to Tomar crashing out. Khatri was outplayed 0-8 in the 97kg by Uzbekistan’s Magomed Ibragimo. Khatri remained passive throughout the bout and never made any attacking move. In the 86kg, Pawan Kumar made a rousing start by blanking Heng Vuthy of Cambodia 8-0 but later lost to reigning world champion Hassan Yazdani Charati of Iran by Technical Superiority. Yazdabi is the gold medallist at Rio Olympics, apart from winning three World Cup gold medals. PTI AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Deschamps infuriated by wasteful France

first_imgFrance Deschamps infuriated by wasteful France after Luxembourg tie Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 06:59 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) didierdeschamps-cropped Getty Images France World Cup France v Luxembourg Luxembourg WC Qualification Europe Les Bleus suffered a setback in Toulouse as they failed to put away their opponents and had to settle for a share of the points France coach Didier Deschamps lamented his side’s wastefulness in front of goal after they squandered numerous chances in a 0-0 draw against Luxembourg.The shock result put a dent in France’s hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia and left Les Bleus just one point clear of Sweden at the top of Group A with two games to play.European WCQ odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Deschamps’ men dominated possession throughout the game and hit the crossbar twice as they had 34 shots, but they found Luxembourg goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert in fine form as Luc Holtz’s side held out for a remarkable point.When asked about the result, Deschamps told RTL France: “It is football. It makes sense.”To have so many chances and not to score one, it’s infuriating. We lacked a bit of accuracy. A number of little things were not sharp.”France Luxemburg 09032017“Luxembourg were heroic but we lacked realism and lucidity,” he added.The final whistle in Toulouse sent Deschamps’ opposite number Holtz into ecstatic celebrations, and he explained the significance of the result to reporters.”This was a historic game for Luxembourg,” he said. “For us, it is a day of glory.”At half-time I told my players to drink a lot of water. I asked them to be more aggressive in the tackle. We also adjusted some tactical details.”I have no criticisms to make of the French team. There was rhythm and speed in what their players did. The only criticism is that they did not score.”last_img read more

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