(Odisha Sports): Wrestler Bajrang Punia and Ravi Dahiya on Friday won bronze for India in the ongoing World Wrestling Championships 2019 at Kazakhstan. Bajrang defeated Tulga Ochir of Mongolia 8-7 in the men’s freestyle 65kg bout to win a bronze medal for India here.
Ochir was already advanced with two points in the first 15 seconds and then took four more with a chest throw. However, Bajrang came out all guns blazing in the second period. He managed to get Ochir with a leg shot and collected six successive points to lead 8-6. Ochir got another point for step out but that was all he could manage.
Similarly, on the same day Wrestler Ravi Dahiya claimed a bronze medal for the country on his debut World Championships by defeating the Asian Champion Reza Atri Nagarchi of Iran here. He defeated his rival 6-3 in the bronze medal bout of the men’s 57kg freestyle category. This is Bajrang’s second consecutive World Championship medal after his silver at Budapest 2018. He had earlier booked his place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by qualifying for the bronze medal bout.