India had managed a grand total of one gold in the previous edition of the Senior Asian Wrestling Championship. On Tuesday, Sunil Kumar ensured there won’t be any less this time around, opening the gold tally for the host with a 5-0 win in the 87kg final against Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan.

It was not just an improvement on Sunil’s own silver-winning performance in 2019 but also India’s first Greco-Roman gold in the competition after 27 years. The last time it happened was in 1993, when Pappu Yadav won the 48kg title.

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“It feels great to better your own performance and change the medal colour from silver to gold. I have worked a lot on my ground wrestling techniques in the last one year and improved my defence. That helped me today,” Sunil said after the bout at the KD Jadhav Indoor…

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