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Indian Grappler Ravinder earned a silver medal for India in the 61kg Men's final, at the World Junior Wrestling Championship 2021. Ravinder finished second at the table after getting defeated 3-9 by Iranian Grappler Rahman Amouzad. Ravinder earlier stormed into the finals by defeating Armenia’s Levik Mikayelyan in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Iran's Rahman Amouzad became the Junior World Champion in a stellar fashion. He has previously won two Cadel World Championships and claimed a bronze medal from the senior level 2020 Individual World Cup.
Wrestling:— India_AllSports (@India_AllSports) August 18, 2021
Yash wins Bronze medal (FS 74kg) in World Junior Wrestling Championships; BEATS Krygz grappler 12-6 in Bronze medal bout.
Its 4th medal for India so far. #WrestleUfa pic.twitter.com/9XY9NZ38dw
In the World Junior Wrestling Championship, other Indian Wrestlers like Gourav Baliyan and Deepak won bronze medals in the 79 kg and 97kg category, respectively. On the other hand, Grappler Yash also picked up a bronze medal in the 74 kg Men's category on Wednesday. Grappler Bipasha, assured herself a medal on Wednesday, after fixing a spot for herself in the finals by defeating Odbag Ulzibat 9-4 in the semifinals. She will now play for the gold medal on Thursday. India currently stands sixth in the points table, having earned one silver medal and three bronze medals.
Junior World Championships 2021: Bipasha (IND) sails into the final after a win over Odbag ULZIIBAT by 9-4. Bipasha will play for Gold medal tomorrow.#WorldWrestlingChampionship #Wrestling #WrestlingLive #WrestleUfa pic.twitter.com/6c1bY2Ts16— WrestlingTV 🇮🇳 (@wrestlingtvIND) August 18, 2021
Ravinder had earlier won the Asian cadet title in 2018 and also has a silver medal to his name at the 2019 Under-23 world championships. Although Ravinder finished second, he was highly expected to return with a gold medal following the footsteps of Deepak Punia, who won the gold medal for India in 2018 at the World Junior Wrestling Championships. Punia's gold was the first for India in 20 years of the event. Punia went on to become an Olympian, representing India in 86kg Men's Wrestling event in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics 2020. However, Punia lost his bronze medal match and returned home without any medal after finishing fourth in the table.
The World Junior Wrestling Championship is being hosted by United World Wrestling in Ufa, Russia. The tournament commenced on August 16 and is set to end on August 22. The Junior World Championship is an event that brings together the best wrestlers aged between 18 to 20 years old, every year. It is seen as an opportunity for young wrestlers to pave their way to become future champions for their countries.