RIO 2016

Grappler Tomar makes early exit

WRESTLING-OLY-2016-RIO Russia's Victor Lebedev (red) wrestles with Sandeep Tomar in their men's 57kg freestyle round of 16 match at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro | AFP

Indian wrestler Sandeep Tomar lost to two-time World Champion Victor Lebedev of Russia 3-7 in the 57 kg category and got ousted from the men's freestyle wrestling when Lebedev was beaten 1-6 in his next encounter against Sabzali Hassan Rahimi of Iran.

Had Lebedev progressed to the final, Tomar would have been given a fresh lease of life to fight for the bronze through repechage, but it was not to be and he got eliminated.

Tomar's bout against Lebedev was largely one-sided.

The first three-minute period saw the Russian leading 3-0. Tomar was more purposeful in the second period as he pushed Lebedev out to get a point and then finally got a single ankle hold right and moved behind his rival to reduce the margin to 3-5.

However, with time running out, Tomar had to go for the jugular but in the process had opened his defence which enabled the Russian to clinch the bout with a two-point manoeuvre to take an unassailable 7-3 lead.

The only wrestler left in the fray is London Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt who will step on the mat on August 21, the last day of the Games.

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