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Indian @Rio Olympic 2016: Narsingh Pancham Yadav

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Narsingh Pancham Yadav was born on 6 August 1989 and he is an Indian wrestler. After little internal disputes he was chosen to represent team India Wrestling at the Rio Olympics 2016. Narsingh Yadav will be wrestling in 74 kg category.

Personal Life:
Narsingh Yadav is the son of Pancham Yadav and Bhulna Devi from eastern Uttar Pradesh. Narsingh and his brother Vinod both lived with their father Pancham, a milk distributor in Mumbai, while his mother lived in the Neema village in Varanasi district, where she looked after farming in their 2 bigha land. Both the brothers became wrestlers. Yadav has been training since he was 13 and is currently a resident of suburban Jogeshwari in Mumbai. Narsingh is a DySP with the Maharashtra Government.

Career:
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 74 kg category. He won a gold medal in the Asian championships, in freestyle 74 kg, in 2010.

2010 Commonwealth Games:
At the Games held at home in New Delhi, India, Narsingh Yadav was a last-minute replacement and competed in the men’s freestyle 74 kg category.

He managed to surprise everyone and won the gold medal, beating Richard Brian Addinall of South Africa in the gold medal bout.

2011 Commonwealth Championship:
In Melbourne, Australia, Narsingh finished second in the Commonwealth Championship and won the silver medal, losing in the final bout to Cleopas Ncube of Canada.

2012 Olympics:
At the Olympics in London, Narsingh Yadav lost his opening bout against Matt Gentry of Canada in the 74 kg freestyle event and was knocked out of the tournament.

2014 Asian Games:
In the Round of 16 in Incheon, South Korea, Narsingh lost 1:3 to Rashid Kurbanov of Uzbekistan. With the Uzbek grappler qualifying for the final, Narsingh was able to compete for a medal through the repechage round where he first faced Ramazan Kambarov of Turkmenistan and beat him 4:1. In the bronze medal bout, he was successful in securing the bronze medal with a 3:1 win over Daisuke Shimada of Japan.

In honour of his bronze medal, Narsingh, along with Seema Punia was awarded a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh by the state government of Uttar Pradesh.

2015 Asian Wrestling Championships:
Narsingh, who has been included in the 74 kg category in the absence of double-Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, lost to Daisuke Shimada of Japan 9-12 in the qualification round but qualified for the repechage round after his Japanese rival reached the final.

During his repechage bout, Narsingh defeated Byungmin Kong of South Korea 15-4 to enter the bronze-medal play-off. He then bagged 3-1 classification points to outplay Zhiger Zakirov of Kazakhstan and clinched the bronze medal.

2015 World Wrestling Championships:
In the first round at the tournament in Las Vegas, USA, Narsingh won 3:1 over Hanoch Rachamin of Israel. His next opponent was Soener Demirtas of Turkey whom he beat 3:1. In the third round, Narsingh was up against Livan Lopez Azcuy of Cuba and won 4:1. In the fourth round, he lost 3:1 to Unurbat Purevjav of Mongolia. This allowed him to contest for the bronze medal bout which he won a comfortable 5:0 over Zelimkhan Khadjiev of France.

The bronze medal bout made news all across India not just for his spectacular comeback but also because of one particular move – the ‘Dhak’ move used in dangals or local wrestling clubs all across India. As his assistant coach Jagmal Singh recounted, “It’s called Dhak. It’s a showboating wrestling move that people use on mud-courts during big village-based tournaments. It’s a crowd pleaser. But very difficult to pull off accurately”, explains Jagmal, who has been coaching Yadav for over 10 years. “It’s also a do-or-die match winning move. That’s why he used it because there was no time and no choice.”

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