Tokyo Olympics 2020: Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins bronze medal
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia on Saturday defeated Kazakhstan's Niyazbekov Daulet to win a bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics.
With this, India's medal tally has reached 6. Earlier, India had won 6 medals at the 2012 London Olympics and two medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya won silver medals each while the Indian men's hockey team, PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain, and Bajrang Punia won bronze medals each.
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Bajrang Punia defeated Niyazbekov 8-0 in the bronze medal match. As a result of this win, India has equaled its tally of six medals recorded at the London Olympics 2012.
In the match between Punia and Niyazbekov, the former went on to take a 2-0 lead in the first period and all the pressure was on the Kazakh opponent heading into the last three minutes.
In the final three minutes, Bajrang managed to hold his own and he kept his opponent at bay walking away with a bronze medal.
On Friday, Punia had faced a crushing defeat in the semifinals at the hands of Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan. Aliyev defeated Bajrang 12-5 as the former dominated proceedings from the word go.