Indian @ Rio Olympic 2016: Hardeep Singh-Wrestling (Greco-Roman)

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Hardeep Singh (born 20 December 1990) is a male Greco-Roman wrestler from India. He became Commonwealth Champion in 2013 and finished as runner-up at the 2016 Asian Wrestling Championships. In March 2016, he became the first Indian heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler to qualify for the Olympics.

At the 2016 Asian Wrestling Championships, which was held in New Delhi, India, Hardeep won silver medal in the 98 kg weight category of the Greco-Roman after losing to the Asian Games gold medalist Mehdi Aliyari in the final.

Vying to book an Olympic spot for India in the 98 kg category of Greco-Roman, he participated in the 2016 Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament. He defeated Arslan Saparmamedov of Turkmenistan by 11-0 in the quarterfinals before defeating Kazakhstan’s Margulan Assembekov by 11-2 in the semifinal. Hardeep, however, lost the final to Di Xiao of China on the account of injury default. But he was able to secure the Olympic quota place by virtue of reaching to the final. This was the first instance, since 2004, that an Indian Greco-Roman wrestler secured an Olympics berth.