Tokyo Games: Bajrang Punia became the sixth Indian wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics.© AFP
Bajrang Punia joined a long list of Indian wrestlers to win a medal at the Olympics, clinching a bronze at the Tokyo Games on Saturday. Bajrang beat Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov 8-0 in men’s 65kg freestyle bronze bout to become the sixth Indian wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics, country’s 7th medal overall in the sport. The Indian wrestler went into the Tokyo Games as one of the country’s best bets to win a gold medal but a loss to Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan in the semi-finals ended that dream.
Bajrang, however, bounced back in style on Saturday, completely dominating his Kazakh opponent in the bronze medal match to win the country’s sixth medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Bajrang had lost to the Kazakh wrestler in the semifinals of the 2019 World Championships.
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