June 25, 1935 |
Jandli, Hisar District, Haryana
|Occupation||Sports wrestler, wrestling coach|
|Height||5'9" (175 cm)|
|Weight||154 lbs (70 kg)|
|Competitor for India|
|Men's Freestyle, Greco-Roman wrestling|
|FILA Wrestling World Championships|
|Silver||1962 Jakarta||Men's Freestyle 70kg|
|Silver||1962 Jakarta||Men's Greco-Roman 70 kg|
|Bronze||1966 Bangkok||Men's Freestyle|
He started his career with the Indian Army. He created history by winning a Bronze Medal in Light Weight (67 kg) Freestyle at 1961 World Wrestling Championships at Yokohama. During his bout against the eventual world champion Mahamed-Ali Sanatkaran he was particularly unlucky as referees judged his throwing down of the opponent outside the area and the bout ended in a 1-1 draw. For his achievements he was conferred the first Arjuna Award in wrestling in 1961 by President of India,.
He took part twice in Asian Games winning two silver medals in 70 kg Freestyle as well as 70 kg Greco-Roman at 1962 Asian Games Jakarta and won a bronze medal in 70 kg Freestyle at 1966 Asian Games Bangkok. In addition to these he participated in four different world wrestling championships i.e. Yokohama 1961, Manchester 1965, Delhi 1967 and Edmonton 1970. He signed off his glittering career with a befitting gold medal at 1970 British Commonwealth Games held at Edinburgh, Scotland.
He remained an undisputed national champion in India from 1958 to 1970.
After retiring from Indian Army he joined Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar as a coach and rendered his services from 1970 to 1996. During his time as coach he groomed many international level wrestlers and guided the university team to many All Indian Inter University Championship triumphs.
Currently he lives in Hisar and still actively assists budding wrestlers.
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