Aman Sehrawat, an 18-year-old boy, has done something likes of Bajranjg Punia and Ravi Dahaiya couldn’t do for India in the U-23 Wresting Championship.
The Haryana boy clinched first gold for India at the tournament to create history. He defeated Turkey’s Ahmet Duman 12-4 to clinch this title in the final. And etched his name in not only the history of Indian Wrestling but in World Wrestling as well.
This victory of his has brought some immense pride to India. Considering that some of the big guns of India partook in the tournament in earlier editions couldn’t do what he has done.
Yes, the likes of Bajarang Punia and Ravi Dahaiya, who are big names of India wrestling have all failed to win a gold in this tournament. And settled for Silver on previous occasions.
Aman Sehrawat clinch maiden gold for India at U-23 World Championship
That is what, according to a source of Sportstar, Sehrawat’s coach reminded him on the eve of his match.
Before heading into the game, Aman Sehrawat was on a call with his coach in India. Lalit Kumar, an akhada coach told Aman, “Before you, 6-7 players from India have already won silver. Apni ladan ladiye. (You fight your own fight)”
The Indian wrestler did just that by defeating his Turkish opponent by near technical superiority. He came from behind to win the game after having given away 2 points earlier on.
His performance was a glimpse of the bright future that Indian wrestling has.
With this victory Aman Sehrawat has already eclipsed the previous triumphs of Bajrang Punia and Ravi Dahahiya. The only question that the Indian fans have is: will he surpass them in Olympics 2024?
Apart from Sehrawat, there were 5 other medals won by Indian wrestlers in the tournament in their respective categories.
India’s medal winners at U23 World Championship 2022 Spain
Sajan Bhanwala Bronze Greco Roman 77kg
Vikas Bronze Greco Roman 72kg
Nitesh Bronze Greco Roman 97kg
Ankush Silver Women’s 50kg
Mansi Ahlawat Bronze Women’s 59kg
Aman Sehrawat Gold Men’s 57kg