Aman Sehrawat wins gold at Zagreb Open after defeating World No.7 Wanhao Zou

Aman Sehrawat's wrestling style reflects the result of his dedication and strong commitment to building his endurance.

Aman Sehrawat in a file photo (Image Credit-X)
By Pushkar Pandey | Jan 12, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Amid the unclear times for Indian wrestling, Aman Sehrawat has been steadily working hard, giving India hope for a medal in the men’s freestyle 57kg category at the Paris Olympics. Trained at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium by coach Lalit Kumar, Sehrawat claimed a gold at the Zagreb Open, marking 2024’s first international event for India’s wrestlers. Indian wrestlers in Zagreb are competing independently as the Wrestling Federation of India failed to hold elections within the specified timeframe.

The WFI’s recent leadership, led by Sanjay Singh, faces suspension for breaking sports regulations and their own rules. In the championship event, the Under-23 World Champion from India dominated China’s Wanhao Zou with a score of 10-0 in the final match. Sehrawat showcased his superior skills with powerful leg attacks and tactical takedowns to win with a technical knockout. However, he faced a tough start, battling past the higher-ranked Turkish wrestler Muhammet Karavus in the first round.

Sehrawat initially fell behind due to Karavus’ early four-point takedown at the start of the match. However, he made an impressive comeback, scoring 10 points in a row to win 15-4 and advance to the next round. Sehrawat achieved a bronze medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games. With both a strong offense and defense, he managed to achieve a score of 11-0 against Richards Zane Raye Rhodes from the US in the quarterfinals.

He then outperformed Georgia’s Roberti Dingashvili with such skill in the semifinals that he won by technical superiority, earning his spot in the final match. Meanwhile, Deepak Punia, who has medals from the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, didn’t reach the medal round in the men’s freestyle 86kg category, as he lost his opening match against Azamat Dauletbekov from Kazakhstan.

Aman Sehrawat, the next wrestling sensation

Aman Sehrawat stands out in the 57kg wrestling class. At 20, he speeds past his coach’s burpee count and does more than 65 when others are worn out. While he rapidly hits 115 in less than five minutes, most are still struggling past 50. Aman has always been dedicated to training and competing ever since he first stepped into Chhatrasal Stadium at age 10, coming from Birohar village in Haryana.

The Olympic rings painted in his room show his main goal: the Olympics. Despite his successes, making it to the Paris Olympics will be tough, with some of his biggest challenges likely coming from his home turf at Chhatrasal. Recently, Aman has made an impact in older age divisions as well. He secured a gold medal in the 57kg class at the Asian Championships last month, surpassing competitors like 2021 world runner-up Alireza Sarlak and 2022’s fifth-ranked Wanhao Zou.

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