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World Wrestling Championships: Bajrang Punia wins bronze medal in 65kg category

India's ace wrestler Bajrang Punia won the bronze medal in the 65kg category as he defeated Talga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia.

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New Delhi Updated on: September 20, 2019 19:20 IST
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India's ace wrestler Bajrang Punia won the bronze medal in the 65kg category as he defeated Talga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia.

India's Bajrang Punia clinched the bronze medal in the 65kg category at the World Wrestling Championships, as he defeated Mongolia's Tumur Ochir 8-7. 

Punia had won a silver medal in the Championships last year.

Facing the Mongolian Ochir, Bajrang fought back from a 6-0 deficit to win 8-7 in what turned out to be a thrilling bronze medal bout. This is the 25-year-old's second consecutive senior Worlds medal and third overall.

Ochir started strong, taking two points in the first 15 seconds and then four more with a chest throw. Bajrang responded with a counter and earned two points and at the end of the first period, the score was 6-2 in the Mongolian's favour.

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.

This is Bajrang's second consecutive World Championship medal after his silver at Budapest 2018. This is also his third medal at the senior World's with his first coming in 2013. Bajrang had earlier sealed a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by qualifying for the bronze medal bout.

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