The Indian team has got the second medal in the World Wrestling Championship held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Wrestler Bajrang Punia has won this medal in the men’s 65 kg freestyle weight category. Bajrang defeated Puerto Rico’s Sebastian Rivera 11-9 in the bronze medal match. Earlier, female wrestler Vinesh Phogat won a bronze medal in this championship. Apart from Bajrang and Vinesh, the rest of the wrestlers could not do anything special in the tournament.

Bajrang Punia was defeated by John Diakomihalis of USA in the quarterfinals. Since John managed to reach the final, Bajrang got a chance to play the repechage round. In the first match of the repechage, Bajrang defeated Veggen Tevanyan of Armenia in a tough fight. Then when it comes to the bronze medal match, Bajrang was trailing 0-6 at one time. But after this Bajrang made a spectacular comeback and defeated Sebastian Rivera.

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Bajrang Punia qualified for the Olympics for the first time in 2019 by reaching the semi-finals of the World Wrestling Championship held in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan. Bajrang won the bronze medal in that championship. This was his third medal in the World Wrestling Championship. Although Bajrang was expecting a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020, he had to be content with the bronze medal. Bajrang Punia defeated Kazakhstan wrestler Daulat Niyazbekov 8-0 in the bronze medal match in 65 kg category.

Then won gold in Commonwealth Games 2022

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Bajrang Punia won the gold medal for India in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, performing according to the expectations. In the men’s freestyle 65 kg final, Bajrang Punia defeated Canada’s L. Defeated McLean 9-2. This was Bajrang Punia’s second consecutive gold and third medal overall in the Commonwealth Games.