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Wrestling preview – 2 August

02 August 2002

Wrestling makes a welcome return to the Commonwealth Games, appearing for the first time since Victoria, Canada, in 1994.

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The opening day of competition sees 39 wrestlers do battle in four weight categories in the elimination rounds.

In pool 1 of the 55kg division, young Indian wrestler Krishnan Kumar could spring a surprise, while Andy Hutchinson of England faces a stiff test in pool 2, grouped with two other medal hopefuls in Canada’s Mikheil Jaaparidze and Nigeria’s Jacob Isaac.

At 66kg the wrestlers are split into three groups, with England’s best medal hope, John Melling, up against Canada’s Graham Ewers in pool 1. Ramesh Kumar from India looks a good bet to take pool 2, while in-form New Zealander Ricardo Aryan is a strong contender in pool 3.

England’s Jatinder Singh has a good chance to progress after being drawn in pool 4 of the 84kg division alongside Linus Masheti from Kenya, and Gambia’s Badjie Hatabou and Abraham Vassallo of Malta.

In the heaviest category, 120kg, three of the four favourites – Eric Kirschner of Canada, England’s Amerjit Singh and Doug Thomson of Scotland - are grouped together in pool 2. The fourth, Mushtaq Abdullah, is in pool 1.

In a first for the Commonwealth Games, video technology will be used to clear up controversial incidents on the spot. There is no appeal process at Manchester 2002.

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