Narsingh Pancham Yadav

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Narsingh Pancham Yadav
Personal information
Nationality  India
Born (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 26)
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Wrestler

Narsingh Pancham Yadav (6 August 1989) is an Indian wrestler. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in the men's freestyle 74 kg category.[1] He is currently being supported by JSW Sport under the Sports Excellence Programme.[2]

Personal life and family[edit]

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 junior ticket checker with the Indian Railways.[3]


2010 Commonwealth Games[edit]

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.[4]

2011 Commonwealth Championship[edit]

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.[5]

2012 Olympics[edit]

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.[6]

2014 Asian Games[edit]

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.[7][8]

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.[9]

2015 Asian Wrestling Championships[edit]

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.[10][11]

2015 World Wrestling Championships[edit]

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.[12]

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.”[13]

2016 Olympics[edit]

After winning India's sole medal at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships, Narsingh booked himself a ticket to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But his spot at the Olympics is currently in contention with Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar also vying for that same berth.[14]

Pro Wrestling League[edit]

For the inaugural edition of the Pro Wrestling League, Narsingh was bought by the Bangalore franchise, owned by JSW Sport, during the auction conducted in New Delhi. The World Championship bronze medallist was the marquee player picked up by the Bangalore franchise for Rs 34.5 lakh.[15]

The Pro Wrestling League is scheduled to kick off from the 10th of December till the 27th of December.[16]

Felicitations and awards[edit]

During the legendary Pele's visit to India to attend the final of the Subroto Cup, Narsingh was invited to a special dinner hosted by the organisers of the Subroto Cup and felicitated for his contributions to the sport of wrestling in India.[17]

Other titles[edit]

  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2012 - Fourth place[18]


Narsingh Yadav's employment hopes hit a new low as the ace grappler was caught copying in an internal exam at the State Police Academy in Nashik, Maharashtra. He admitted to asking fellow candidates for answers, stating that he was never bright at academics. Yadav is likely to face an enquiry, after which a decision will be taken on whether to extend his training or dismiss him.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Hindu
  2. ^ "JSW Sport - Wrestling". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  5. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  6. ^ "Wrestler Narsingh Yadav bows out of London Olympics". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  7. ^ "Asian Games 2014: Bajrang bags silver, Narsingh Yadav grapples bronze in wrestling". The Indian Express. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Athletes_Profile | Biographies | Sports". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  9. ^ "Asian Games: Uttar Pradesh Government Announces Cash Awards for Seema Punia, Narsingh Pancham Yadav". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  10. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  11. ^ "Wrestling: Vinesh bags silver; Narsingh Yadav wins bronze in Asian championship | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  12. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  13. ^ "Dhak-knight rises: Narsingh Yadav won with blockbuster move". The Indian Express. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  14. ^ "Wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav Books India's Olympic Place for 2016 Rio Games". 2015-09-13. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  15. ^ "JSW bags Narsingh at Pro Wrestling League Auction". Times of India. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  16. ^ "Pro Wrestling League: Yogeshwar Dutt gets Rs 39.7-lakh offer, Sushil Kumar Rs 38.2 lakh - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  17. ^ "Zico Gets Compatriot Pele Backing for FIFA Top Job". 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  18. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  19. ^ "CWG gold medalist grappler Narsingh Yadav's job prospects hit by copying in exam, likely to face suspension". 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2015-11-02.