World Wrestling Championships: Deepak Punia bags Olympic quota

World Wrestling Championships: Deepak Punia bags Olympic quota
World Wrestling Championships: Deepak Punia bags Olympic quota

Indian wrestler Deepak Punia secured an Olympic quota by making it to the semi-finals of the World Wrestling Championships in the men’s freestyle 86kg category on Friday. The 20-year-old defeated Carlos Izquierdo of Colombia 7-6 in the quarterfinals at Nur-Sultan, Kazhakstan.

The Sports Authority of India said, “Deepak Punia has won Olympic quota in the men’s 86 kg category, after reaching the semi-finals of the World Wrestling Championships. He beat Colombia’s Carlos Izquierdo 7-6 after trailing 3-6. India has won 4 Olympic quotas from this championship.”

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About Bajrang Punia,  this is the first tournament in which he missed entering the finals as he was defeated by Daulet Niyazbekov in the semi-finals.However, he has qualified for Tokyo Olympics in this championship. Punia won a silver medal last year and a bronze medal in the 2013 edition in Budapest.

Meanwhile, Rahul Aware has entered the semi-finals in the men’s 61 kg category at the World Wrestling Championships, following a 10-7 win over Rassul Kaliyev, a former Asian Champion.” Jitender lost the quarter-final 0-4 to Slovakia’s Tajmuraz Salkazanov in the men’s 79kg category. Mausam Khatri lost 0-10 to USA’s Olympic gold medallist Kyle Snyder in a pre-quarterfinal in the 97kg category.

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