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Sujeet Maan (Hindi: सुजीत मान; born 15 December 1978 in New Delhi) is a retired amateur Indian freestyle wrestler, who competed in the men's middleweight category.[1] He achieved top six finishes in the 74-kg division at the Asian Games (1998 and 2002), produced a stark tally of four medals (one silver and three bronze) at the Asian Wrestling Championships, and also represented his nation India at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Before his sporting career ended in 2006, Maan trained full-time for Guru Hanuman Wrestling Club in his native New Delhi, under his coach and mentor Maha Singhrao.

Sujeet Maan
Personal information
Full nameSujeet Maan
Nationality India
Born (1978-12-15) 15 December 1978 (age 40)
New Delhi, India
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
Sport
SportWrestling
StyleFreestyle
ClubGuru Hanuman Wrestling Club
CoachMaha Singh Rao

Maan made his senior sporting debut at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand, where he placed fourth in the men's welterweight class (69 kg), losing out to Japan's Ryusaburo Katsu by a tough 2–3 verdict.[2] Determined to return to the sporting scene, Maan continued to blossom his wrestling career by collecting three bronze medals in the same class at the Asian Wrestling Championships since 1999, until he delivered his stellar performance with a silver in 2004.[3] He also entered the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea as one of the heavy medal favorites in the middleweight category, but left empty-handed with a sixth-place finish.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Maan qualified for his first Indian squad in the men's 74 kg class. Earlier in the process, he clinched the eighth spot at the 2003 World Wrestling Championships in New York City, New York, and then confirmed his berth on the Indian team by placing third from the Asian Championships in Tehran, Iran.[3][4][5] He lost two straight matches each to Japan's Kunihiko Obata (8–0) and Cuba's Iván Fundora (6–0) by an identical margin, leaving him on the bottom of the prelim pool and placing eighteenth in the final standings.[6][7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Sujeet Maan". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Sunita claims silver as Usha saga ends". Chandigarh: The Tribune. 19 December 1998. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Maan, Cheema bag silvers". Calcutta: The Telegraph. 20 April 2004. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  4. ^ Abbott, Gary (15 July 2004). "Olympic Games preview at 74 kg/163 lbs. in men's freestyle". USA Wrestling. The Mat. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Indian grapplers miss medals but earn Olympic berths". The Hindu. 17 September 2003. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 74kg". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Sujit Mann loses first bout". Rediff.com. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  8. ^ Srinivasan, Kamesh (29 August 2004). "Face-saving win for Sushil Kumar". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 July 2014.

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