Returning to the World Championship following eight decades, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar dropped his opening round bout to Azerbaijan’s Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev here on Friday. Utilizing all his expertise, the wily Indian had hurried into a 9-4 lead but lost seven things in a row to eliminate the 74kg eligibility. Sushil used a four-point throw after trailing 0-2 to shoot further and lead merged it with a different four-point throw, which came out of a tricky position.
The Uzbek camp contested the throw lost the telephone, giving one extra stage to Sushil for a 9-4 lead at the break.
However, the second period belonged to this Azerbaijan, who initially pushed Sushil out along with the scored of a takedown and took the lead with a gut wrench out of floor place.
Time was running out, but Sushil seemed too exhausted out himself as Gadzhiyev scored two points using a two-point push throw to clinch the bout.
The two-time Olympic medallist will finally have to wait to know his destiny. In case Gadzhiyev reaches the closing, Sushil, will find an opportunity to battle for Olympic eligibility in addition to a bronze. From the non-Olympic 70kg, Karan dropped his Qualification round bout 0-7 into Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov.