TokyoBajrang Punia was once again in trouble at the big stage due to weakness in his ‘leg-defense’ as he lost to three-time world champion Haji Aliev in the men’s freestyle 65kg semi-final on Friday. Now we will compete for the bronze medal in the Olympic Games. Rio Olympic bronze winner Aliev of Azerbaijan repeatedly attacked Bajrang’s legs, which Bajrang could not recover from. Bajrang started the match well and got one point, but Haji made a quick comeback to collect four points. Bajrang trailed 1-4 in the first period. In the second round as well, Haji completely defeated Bajrang and scored four points. However, Bajrang again picked up two points and tried to narrow the gap. But Haji again struck him and took a point. After this Bajrang took two points and at this time the match started looking tough. However, Haji again scored two more points. Haji won one more point by making the match one-sided. In the second period, Haji took an 8-4 lead. Bajrang was one of India’s biggest medal hopefuls at the Tokyo Olympics but his dream of getting a gold medal was shattered. Although he still has the opportunity to bring a bronze medal. Earlier, in the quarterfinal match, Bajrang defeated Iran’s Mutarza Ghiasi Cheka 2-1. Bajrang, a medal contender for India in Tokyo, won on the basis of victory by fall. Asian Games champion Bajrang was trailing 0-1 at the end of the first period but went 2-1 ahead with two points in the second quarter. In the last minute, Bajrang played his bet and struck the Irani wrestler. Bajrang had reached the quarter-finals this morning with a tough win. In this match, Bajrang was facing Kyrgyzstan’s Irnazar Akmatalev. The final score was 3-3 but as he managed to score more points in the first period, he was declared the winner.
History of Medals in WrestlingKD Jadhav was the first wrestler to get India a medal in wrestling, winning a bronze medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Sushil then won bronze in Beijing and silver in London. Sushil was the only Indian to win two individual event medals at the Olympics but badminton player PV Sindhu equalized by winning the bronze. Yogeshwar Dutt also won bronze medal in London Olympics. On the other hand, Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Ravi Dahiya won silver medal in 2020.
[Attribution to NBT]