Bajrang wins bronze at World Wrestling championships

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Dedicates medal to Yogeshwar

photo: AFP
photo: AFP

India’s impressive show at the World Wrestling Championships continued as Bajrang bagged a bronze medal in the 60kg freestyle category with an overwhelming 9-2 win over Mangolia’s Nyam-Ochir Enkhsaikhan, here on Tuesday.

Early in the day, Bajrang had lost 0-7 to Vladimir Dubov of Bulgaria but luck smiled on him and he jumped back to contention when Dubov reached the final.

He did exceedingly well in the repechage round, defeating Shogo Maeda of Japan and Ivan Guidea of Romania before getting the better of Enkhsaikhan in the bronze-medal bout. Bajrang’s performance light up India’s day as Pawan Kumar (84kg) and Hitender (120kg) had made early exits.

Bajrang dedicated his bronze medal to fellow grappler and mentor Yogeshwar Dutt for playing a key role in shaping his career.

“Yogeshwar has been a great guiding force for me besides my coaches. He is always there to point out my shortcomings to make me a better wrestler,” Bajrang said.PTI



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