India’s male wrestler and Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia has once again put a medal in the country’s bag. Bajrang made a strong comeback in the 65 kg weight category at the World Wrestling Championships on Saturday and won a bronze medal. He defeated Sebastian Rivera of Puerto Rico 11-9 in the bronze medal match. This is Bajrang’s total fourth medal in the World Championships. Before this, he has won three more medals.
Bajrang first won a medal at the World Championships in 2013. He then won the bronze medal. After this, Bajrang won the silver medal in 2018 and then he was successful in winning the bronze medal in 2019. However, he has not yet won a gold medal at the World Championships. This time he was expected to end this drought but he could not do so. He, however, has become the first wrestler from Barat to win four medals at the World Championships.
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Bajrang was defeated by John Diacominhalis of America in the quarter-finals and with this Bajrang was out of the race for the gold medal. Then he got a chance to play repechage where he defeated Vazgen Tevanyan of Armenia to step into the bronze medal match. In this match, Bajrang suffered a head injury but still he won the medal and remained in the race. The medal match was not easy for Bajrang. He was trailing 0-6. After this, he came back and won by a margin of 11-9.
Such was the journey of India
India’s performance in the World Championships this year was not very good. Only two of his wrestlers could get him a medal. Apart from Bajrang, Vinesh Phogat won the country’s bronze medal in the women’s category. He won this medal in 53 kg weight category. Nisha Dahiya (68 kg weight category), Sagar Jaglan (74 kg weight category), Naveen Malik (70 kg weight category) came close to winning the medal but could not win. India had sent a 30-member team to this championship, but only two medals could come to its share. Ravi Dahiya, who won a silver medal in Tokyo Olympics-2020, could not win a medal in this championship.
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