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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...

Wrestling Worlds – Vinesh wins bronze, Tokyo Olympics quota

Sep 18, 2019ESPN staffVinesh Phogat beat Greece's Maria Prevolaraki 4-1 to win bronze at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday. By making the medal round through repechage, she had also secured India's first wrestling quota for the...

Strict coach, stricter regimen create Vinesh Phogat 2.0

Sep 16, 2019Jonathan SelvarajESPN About a fortnight ago, with the clock counting down to the Wrestling World Championships, you would have found Vinesh Phogat in a good space. Specifically in the weight-training hall at the Partap Sports School in...

Wrestling Worlds W2W4 – High expectations for Vinesh and Bajrang; Sushil returns

Sep 14, 2019Jonathan SelvarajESPN The Wrestling World Championships began in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan on Saturday on a disappointing note, with four straight Indian defeats in the Greco-Roman category, but there is plenty on the line in the days to...

Sushil’s World trials turn ugly amid eye pokes and twisted arms

As things stand Sushil Kumar will be a part of the Indian side that will travel to the 2019 Wrestling World Championships in Kazakhstan. At the 74kg selection trials at the KD Jadhav Stadium on Tuesday, the double Olympic...

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