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Arjun Halakurki’s quiet rise away from wrestling hubs

11:51 AM ETJonathan SelvarajESPN At first glance, the raising of Arjun Halakurki's hand following the final of the men's 55kg Greco-Roman competition at the recently concluded wrestling nationals isn't something that would turn too many heads. It's not hard...

Eight months before Olympics, NADA gives wrestling nationals a miss

The Senior Wrestling Championships concluded in Jalandhar on Sunday in the absence of any sort of drug testing by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA). Over 700 athletes competed across 30 categories in the three-day competition."It is a serious...

Olympic dream pushes supermom Anita Sheoran to new heights

For someone who won her first senior national title all the way back in 2005, it is understandable that Anita Sheoran isn't very confident of guessing just how many she has won over the course of her career. "I...

Young blood rising – wrestling phenom Gaurav Baliyan is here to stay

11:57 PM ETJonathan SelvarajESPN Not long after Gaurav Baliyan's arm was lifted by the referee following his win in the final of the 74kg competition at the Wrestling National Championships in Jalandhar on Friday, he brought it down and...

Ritu Phogat ‘anxious’ to become India’s first MMA world champion

9:12 AM ETJonathan SelvarajESPN Ritu Phogat hit an unexpected hurdle ahead of her mixed martial arts debut when her scheduled opponent pulled out a couple of weeks before the contest.Instead of fellow zero fight rookie Cindy Tiong, Ritu will...

Rahul Aware honours Maharashtra’s rich wrestling legacy with World Championships medal

Sep 22, 2019Jonathan SelvarajESPN When Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav won independent India's first individual Olympic medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, local lore has it that he was welcomed back to his village of Goleshwar in Maharashtra's Satara district with...

Rahul Aware wins 61kg bronze for India’s fifth Worlds medal

Sep 22, 2019ESPN staffIndia's Rahul Aware won bronze in the 61kg freestyle category at the World Wrestling Championships in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan on Sunday. Aware defeated USA's Tyler Lee Graff 11-4 in the non-Olympic category for India's fifth medal...

Deepak Punia wins silver at Worlds after missing final with injuries

Nur-Sultan (KAZAKHSTAN) - Deepak Punia ended his campaign at the World Championships with a silver as he had to miss the final because of injuries from previous rounds. He was slated to face Iran's Olympic Champion Hassan Yazdani in...

Ravi Kumar’s passion bears fruit in impressive Worlds debut

Sep 20, 2019Jonathan SelvarajESPN Ravi Kumar Dahiya's room at New Delhi's Chhatrasal stadium is part of a row of prefabricated structures adjacent to the training hall in what is Indian wrestling's most storied academy. It isn't much to look...

‘What I left in Rio, I will take in Tokyo’

Sep 19, 2019Jonathan SelvarajESPN The first expression on Vinesh Phogat's face after she finally pinned the durable Maria Prevolaraki of Greece on the wrestling mat Wednesday evening in the Kazkah capital of Nur Sultan was that of relief. She...

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