India’s Sunil Kumar reached the final of the 87kg category with a brilliant come-from-behind victory over Azamat Kustubayev at the Asian Wrestling Championships here on Tuesday.

Kumar was down 1-8 in his semi-final bout against his Kazakh opponent but made a great comeback, winning 11 points on the trot to finish the bout at 12-8. In 2019 also, Kumar had made it to the final and ended with a silver medal.

In the 87kg final, Rome Ranking Series silver medallist Sunil will play against Azat Salidinov from Kyrgyzstan.

Earlier in the day, Arjun Halakurki (55kg) lost his semi-final bout from a winning position. He lost 7-8 against Iran’s Pouya Mohammad Naserpour.

Arjun will now be up against Korea’s Donghyeok Won in the bronze medal playoff.

Mehar Singh also lost his last four bout.

Up against Minseok Kim of Korea, Mehar went down tamely to the Korean by a 1-9 margin.

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