Bajrang Punia wins bronze, first Indian to win 3 world championship medals

By   - 20/09/2019

Keeping aside the disappointment of Thursday’s loss, Bajrang Punia did India proud by picking bronze medal of the world wrestling championship in Nur-Sultan. Bajrang defeated Tulga TUMUR OCHIR of Mongolia in the 65kg weight category bronze medal match.
In an exciting bronze battle, Bajrang was down by 2-6 at the end of the first round but made a grand comeback in the second round to make it 8-6 in his favor. The bout ended with scoreline of 8-7 in favor of top seed Bajrang.
World number 1 Bajrang Punia lost the semi-finals yesterday in controversial manner. This is Barang’s third world championship medal. No Indian has ever won more than 1 medal at the World Championships. Punia won his first medal at the world’s in 2017 and then a silver medal at 2018 world championship, followed by bronze in 2019.
Indian medal winners at Wrestling Worlds – Before 2019 event
Date Place Name Style Weight Rank
2010-09-10 Moscow Kumar, Sushil Freestyle 66.0 1
2018-10-20 Budapest Punia, Bajrang Freestyle 65.0 2
2013-09-16 Budapest Kumar, Amit Freestyle 55.0 2
1967-11-12 New Delhi Singh, Bishamber Ali Freestyle 57.0 2
2018-10-22 Budapest Dhanda, Pooja Female wrestling 57.0 3
2015-09-10 Las Vegas Yadav, Narsingh Panchav Freestyle 74.0 3
2013-09-20 Budapest Yadav, Sandeep Greco-Roman 66.0 3
2013-09-16 Budapest Punia, Barjang Freestyle 60.0 3
2012-09-27 Strathcona County Babita, Kumari Female wrestling 51.0 3
2012-09-27 Strathcona County Geeta Female wrestling 55.0 3
2009-09-21 Herning Kumar, Rames Freestyle 74.0 3
2006-09-29 Guangzhou Tomar, Alka Female wrestling 59.0 3
1961-06-01 Yokohama Chand, Udey Freestyle 67.0 3
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