Much was expected from Sunil Kumar but the country’s top Greco Roman wrestler could not make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics after losing his semifinal at the Asian Qualifiers along with four other Indians, here on Friday.

Only the finalists will earn a place in the Tokyo Games from this event and five Indians lost in the last-four stage to miss the chance on the opening day of the competition.

Competing in the 87kg category, Asian champion Sunil began his campaign with a 7-0 win over Kyrgyzstan’s Sukhrob Abdulkhaev but lost a tough semifinal 5-9 to local hope Nursultan Tursynov, who pulled off a solid winning throw towards the end of the bout.

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