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.
The 28-year-old is not someone who holds back and she came out with a long statement, that gave a sense of how hurt she was by the criticism.
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.
While Dahiya made an early exit, Naveen entered the bronze medal match after beating World No.4 Syrbaz Talgat of Uzbekistan in 70kg opening round of repechage 11-3.
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Apart from Vinesh Phogat, the last edition's bronze medallist Sarita Mor (57kg), Mansi Ahlawat (59kg), Nisha Dahiya (68kg) and (72kg) will be in action on Sept 14.
However, Vinesh, who recently completed a hat-trick of gold at the CWG in Birmingham, outclassed her opponent in every department to register a comprehensive win.
Grandfather wanted her to become a wrestler but Priya Malik gave the idea a serious thought only after watching talented Anshu Malik from close quarters.
Antim might have become the toast of the nation with the gold now but it was her eldest sister Sarita who encouraged her to pursue wrestling.
The trio was exempted from mandatory selection trials by the Wrestling Federation of India.
The nation was mesmerised by Ravi Dahiya's story when the Haryana wrestler clinched the Tokyo Olympic silver last year.
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As per the announcement made by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the showpiece continental event will be held from September 23 to October 8 next year.
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).
Iran clinched Asia Title with 205 Points while Kazakhstan was runner-up with 192 Points and India secured 3rd place as they gained 172 Points.
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.
The U-23 Asian Championships is scheduled in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from June 19 to 26 while the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series is slated from June 22 to 25 in Italy.
Mohit, however, feels a lengthy layoff of two years due to a knee injury has made him strong enough to undergo such trauma and he will only come back stronger.
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.