India qualifies for maiden wrestling world cup

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India has earned maiden world cup berth by finishing sixth in men's freestyle wrestling with two medals at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
World Wrestling Championships 2013
  • Amit Kumar: Silver in 55 kg category in freestyle
  • Bajrang: Bronze in the 60kg category in freestyle
  • Sandeep Yadav: Bronze in the  66kg category in Greco-Roman (the first ever for India in this style)
  • Thanks to these two medals India finished the tournament in the men’s freestyle category at sixth place (23 points) behind Iran, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and USA
  • As per the FILA rules, the top eight teams in the World Championship automatically qualify for the World Cup 
India at World Wrestling Championships
  • Amit Kumar is the third and Bajrang the fourth Indian male wrestler after Sushil Kumar and Ramesh Kumar to win a medal at the World Championships.
  • Sushil Kumar is the only Indian to have won a gold at the World Championships in 2010 in Moscow
  • Its the first time that India have won three medals in the men's events at the World Championships level
  • World Wrestling Championships in men's freestyle category started in 1951 and happens annualy except for Olympic years.
  • The other two disciplines (apart from men's freestyle) are Men's Greco-Roman (since 1904) and Women's freestyle (1987)
  • The Wrestling world cup is conducted every year since 1973. The World Cup  features the top teams in the rankings of the previous year's world championships.
  • Current team ranking in men's freestyle wrestling (As per the last World Cup)
  • Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Cuba, Ukraine, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, and Bulgaria. 
  • Current Champion: Iran (2013)
Women are ahead
  • Indian women wrestlers had qualified for the World Cup for the first time earlier this year (2013) where they finished fifth in the eight-team event held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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