Star Indian grappler Bajrang Punia has booked a place in the 65 kg Final at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. In a thrilling semi-final last night, the 24-year old Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist edged past Cuba’s Alejandro Valdes, 4-3 to put himself in contention for a historic World Championship gold medal.
Olympian Sushil Kumar is the only Indian to have won the coveted yellow metal at the event. He had achieved the feat in 2010. Bajrang had won a bronze at the Championships in 2013.
Other than Bajrang, no Indian grappler managed to reach the medal round yesterday. Sandeep Tomar, Sachin Rathi and Deepak bowed out after losing their respective preliminary round bouts.