New Delhi: Haryana grappler Ramesh Kumar defeated Alexandr Burca of Moldova in 74 kg category to become the first Indian in 42 years to clinch a freestyle medal at World Wrestling Championship, in Herning, Denmark.
Kumar, who came back from behind after a disappointing start in the bout, was announced winner on the basis of technical points after the repechage round ended with both the wrestlers tied at 7-7, last night.
Vishambhar Singh was the last Indian wrestler who bagged a freestyle silver medal in 1967 World Championship.
It was a bad start for Kumar, who was trailing 0-3 after the first period.
He then came back strongly in the second session to score two points and then finished off the final period picking up five points as against his opponent’s four to finally come out victorious on technical points.
The Indian had earlier defeated Dustin Schlatter of the USA 3-2 in the opening round. His next casualty was Great Britain’s Michael Grundy, whom he beat 4-2 and then prevailed over Kiril Terziev of Bulgaria 7-4 in the quarterfinal.
Kumar, however, lost out on the gold medal opportunity, going down 0-5 to Chamsulvara Chamsulvarayev of Azerbaijan in the last-four stage to set up a repechage encounter against Burca.