Bajrang Punia wins bronze, becomes first Indian to win 4 medals at World Wrestling Championships
Reported By:| Edited By: DNA Web Team |Source: DNA Web Desk |Updated: Sep 18, 2022, 11:49 PM IST
Bajrang Punia won his fourth medal at the World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade on Sunday, beating Puerto Rico’s Sebastian Rivera by the skin of his teeth in a 65kg bronze medal match.
Bajrang, who suffered a head injury in the pre-quarterfinals and lost to American John Diakomihalis in the quarterfinals before returning to medal contention on Saturday, came back from 0-6 down to win 11-9. It was his third bronze medal, in addition to a silver.
After giving up six points in 35 seconds, Bajrang responded with a throw and a takedown to tie the game. Rivera reclaimed the lead in the opening period with another two-pointer and subsequently increased it to 9-6.
Bajrang, who battled with a bandaged head, narrowed the deficit and overpowered Rivera with two takedowns. A failed video challenge from the Puerto Rican for a move done at the very last second earned Bajrang another point.
Earlier, in the repechage round, Bajrang overcame an 0-4 deficit to defeat Individual World Cup champion Vazgen Tevanyan of Armenia 7-6.
In this edition, India won two bronze medals, one of which was won by Vinesh Phogat.