Bajrang Punia Becomes 1st Indian To Win 4 medals At World Wrestling Championships, Claims Bronze In Belgrade
Bajrang Punia became the only Indian to claim four medals at the World Wrestling Championships by clinching a bronze in the current edition on Sunday. (Image: Twitter)

Belgrade (Serbia): Ace grappler Bajrang Punia became the only Indian to claim four medals at the World Wrestling Championships by clinching a bronze in the current edition, here on Sunday.

Bajrang Punia, who won a bronze in last year’s Tokyo Olympics, eked out a close 11-9 win on points over Sebastian C Rivera of Puerto Rico in one of the bronze medal bouts in the 65 kg category.

Bajrang Punia, who lost to John Michael Diakomihalis of the USA in the quarterfinals, qualified for the bronze medal contest through the repechage round where he defeated Vazgen Tevanyan of Armenia 7-6 by points.

It is Bajrang Punia’s third bronze in the world championships. The celebrated Indian wrestler had earlier won bronze at the World Wrestling Championships in 2013, silver in 2018 and bronze in 2019. India had fielded a 30-member team for the ongoing World Championships but produced a below-par performance, securing just two medals.

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Ravi Kumar Dahiya had crashed out early and failed to secure a podium finish. Besides Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat won her second World Championship bronze medal in the women’s 53kg category.

Vinesh Phogat had defeated Emma Malmgren of Sweden 8-0 to claim the bronze medal at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships.