Anurag Thakur congratulates Bajrang Punia for clinching bronze at World Wrestling Championships 2022
Ace Indian wrestler and Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia captured a bronze medal in the men's 65 kg category at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships 2022.
Despite sustaining an injury in the opening bout, the wrestler shows fighting spirit to return with a bronze medal.
Bajrang, who won a bronze in last year's Tokyo Olympics, eked out a close 11-9 win on points over Sebastian C Rivera of Puerto Rico in one of the bronze medal bouts in the 65 kg category.
However, the result remained the same with the only difference being a 10-0 win via technical superiority for Yianni.
The trio was exempted from mandatory selection trials by the Wrestling Federation of India.
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Punia was extremely dominant in the first period and did not let his opponent score. He finished with a 4-0 lead over McNeil at the end of the first period.
Bajrang, who has entered the field as the defending champion, measured his rival for about a minute and then put him on the mat from a lock position to finish the bout in a jiffy.
While the Indian team has enough firepower to set the wrestling mat ablaze, it doesn't have any athletes from Punjab, once called the land of Pehalwans (wrestlers).
The tournament, Grand Prix of Spain, is slated from July 8 to 10 in Madrid and the wrestlers were planning it as part of their build-up to the Birmingham Games.
Indian wrestlers will not compete at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series scheduled to begin in Rome, Italy on Wednesday.
It all happened on an action-packed day at the IG Stadium, New Delhi during the selection trials to pick up the men's freestyle team in six Olympic weight categories for the CWG on Tuesday.
During the trials for the Mongolia event, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had given direct entries to Bajrang and Dahiya for the spot-clinching final in their respective weight categories.
The Worlds is slated to run from September 10 to 18 in Belgrade, Serbia while the wrestling competitions are scheduled to be held from September 21 to 24 in Hangzhou.
Despite conceding early leads in his bouts, the 24-year-old Ravi bounced back on each occasion to hand the country its first gold of the tournament.
However, unavailability of tickets mean their plan for acclimatisation prior to the event might not succeed.
The Wrestling Federation of India though is making efforts to make sure the trio board the flight along with the Greco-Roman wrestlers to reach the venue on April 17.
In the final three minutes, Bajrang Punia managed to hold his own and he kept his opponent at bay walking away with a bronze medal.
Despite nursing a knee injury, Bajrang Punia clinches 65kg bronze after outclassing Kazakh opponent Niyazbekov 8-0.
Bajrang Punia developed a strong bond with Yogeshwar Dutt and followed him in leaving the Chhatsrasal stadium.