Asian Champion Amit Kumar settled for silver after going down narrowly in the final of the 55kg category on the opening day of World Wrestling Championships here today. Amit lost to Hassan Farman Rahimi of Iran 1-2 to win finish with a silver medal at the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena here.
India's last medal, in men's section, came in 2010 when Sushil had grabbed the gold.
After London Olympics silver medallist Sushil Kumar failed to take the mat due to fitness issues, Amit brought cheers to the Indian camp when he got the better off Sezar Akgul of Turkey in the semifinals of the marquee event.
Among other Indians, Arun Kumar (66kg) and Satyawart Kadian (96kg) failed to go the distance and crashed out of the tournament. While Sushil's replacement in the 66kg category, Arun failed to impress and exited in the first round, world junior bronze medallist Satyawart Kadian (96kg) also could not cross the second hurdle. World No 7 Amit, however, howed no mercy on his Turkish opponent as he finished the proceedings in the first period itself to set up the final bout.
Riding on his speed and agility, the pocket-sized dynamo was far too superior then Akgul as he collected four technical points. This after the 20-year-old Olympian got off to a flying start and whizzed past wrestlers from Japan, France and USA.
Touted as one of medal bets at the competition, Amit first floored Japan's Yasuhiro Inaba and followed it up with matting Frenchman Zoheir El Ouarraqe. Such was his dominance that Amit overpowered both his opponents in the first period of the two three-minute round and won through technical fall (securing 7 or more points than his opponent).