File photo of Bajrang Punia.© AFP
Ace Indian wrestler and Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia clinched the bronze medal by defeating Puerto Rico’s Sebastian C Rivera in the men’s 65kg category bronze medal bout at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships 2022. He defeated Rivera 11-9 in the match. The wrestler, who recently won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, made a remarkable comeback to win the match. He won on the basis of VPO1-points and opponent’s score.
In the opening leg of the match, Punia looked down and out, trailing 0-6. But then he returned to the match scoring 11 points and allowed his opponent to score only three more.
He returned to the medal race after losing 10–0 to John Michael Dicomihalis of the USA in the quarter-finals by Victory by Superiority (VSU).
A tight 7-6 win over Armenia’s Vazhen Tevanyan propelled them into the bronze medal match. He won on the basis of VPO1-points and opponent’s score.
This is Punia’s fourth medal in the championship, starting her journey with a bronze in 2013. He won a silver at the 2018 Championships followed by another bronze medal in 2019.
This is India’s second medal in the current edition of the World Wrestling Championships.
Indian wrestler and Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medalist Vinesh Phogat won a bronze medal in the women’s 53kg category by defeating defending European champion Emma Malmgren of Sweden at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships 2022 in Belgrade on Wednesday.
The three-time CWG gold medalist defeated her Swedish rival 8–0 to win the match.
The championship started on 10 September and will end on 18 September.
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