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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.”

2016 Olympics

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 he is facing difficulties in his preparations due to failed dope test. He failed the doping test on June 25 and July 5, the Wrestling Federation of India named Parveen Rana as his replacement in 74 Kg category. On August 1, Yadav was given clean chit by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) panel. Now the final decision lies with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Pro Wrestling League

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.

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

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