Tokyo Olympics: India Won One More Bronze Medal
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won the bronze medal today, on Saturday after defeating Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan in the men's freestyle 65kg. The second seed, who faced a 5-12 defeat to Azerbaijan's Haji Aliyev in the semifinals, recovered his campaign as he earned India's 6th medal of Tokyo 2020 with a clear 8-0 victory in the bronze medal round.
Punia became the sixth Indian wrestler to finish on the Olympic podium after Sushil Kumar, KD Jadhav, Sakshi Malik, Yogeshwar Dutt, and Ravi Kumar Dahiya. This became the second instance after the 2012 London Olympics when two Indian wrestlers won medals in the same Games. Ravi Dahiya had earlier won silver in the men's 57 kg category in this Olympics.
27 year old Punia began his challenge against Kyrgyzstan's Ernazar Akmataliev, defeating him 3-3 after scoring a later point with a smart take-down towards the end of the round. In the 1/4 final, he enjoyed a successful second period against Morteza Cheka Ghiasi of Iran to win by fall.
He is a three-time world championships medallist and won a bronze in the 2019 World Championships and won a silver in 2018, both in the 65kg category. He had also won a bronze medal at the world championships in 2013 in the 60 kg category.
He is also the powerful Commonwealth and Asian games champion of the 65kg category, having won the gold medal in 2018. He had won a silver medal in the 61kg category in the CWG and Asia in 2014 respectively.