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Since 1st March, 1999
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Indian golden dream shattered

New Delhi: Iran retained the menís title winning seven gold medals in the Asian Wrestling Championship on Sunday even as Indiaís bid to win a gold was shattered with both Palwinder Singh Cheema and Kiran Sihag losing their final bouts.

Iran clinched three gold medals on the final day as Japan reigned supreme in the womenís section, winning three gold medals on Sunday to add to the two gold medals they won on Saturday.

Iran tallied 68 points in menís freestyle and 60 in Greco-Roman. In the womenís section, Japan finished on top with 65 points.

The Indian team secured 54 points in the womenís section and 47 in menís freestyle to finish second in both the categories.

In the 120kg menís freestyle, Iranís two-time Asian champion Rezai Alireja proved too good for Cheema. Cheema failed to win a point against the Iranian and lost the bout by technical fall.

Cheema later admitted that he was far behind in ďpreparationĒ as well as ďfitness levelĒ.

Sihag lost to Japanís Nori Saito after 1 minute and 49 seconds in the womenís 67kg category to settle for the silver. In the womenís 59kg class, Alka Tomar won a bronze beating Taipeiís Hung Yutuning by technical fall.

Earlier, Sushil Kumar and Sujit Mann collected two more bronze medals for India. Kumar defeated Jung Yong of South Korea 10-4 to finish third after losing to Mohammed Sayed of Iran earlier in the semi-final of the 60kg menís freestyle.

Sujit Mann lost 2-5 in the 74kg menís freestyle semi-final but won his bout for the bronze by default after Kazakhstanís Gennadly Laivev failed to turn up.

Renu Bala fetched India another bronze in the womenís 51kg category. (PTI)

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