India’s star wrestler Bajrang Punia added another to his cap when on Saturday, he reached a career-high ranking of number one rank in the world in the 65kg category.
This has turned out to be a phenomenal year for the 24-year-old, who has now won five medals this season. Those include the prestigious CWG and Asian Games gold medals as well as the silver at the World Championship he won recently.
The success at the Budapest World Championships has been the pick of the list, as he was the sole grappler to be offered a seeding.
As a result of his incredible success, Bajrang amassed 96 points which saw him placed at the top the ranking table in the UWW list.
Punia comfortably leads the points table as his next opponent, Cuba’s Alejandro Enrique Valdes Tobier has a paltry 66 points. The latter was Bajrang’s opponent in the Budapest Worlds’ semifinals, which the Indian won.
Akhmed Chakaev of Russia comes in at the third place with 62 points. Later in the list are the current world champion Takuto Otoguro of Japan with 56 who is then followed by Selahattin Kilic Sallayan 50 of Turkey at the number five position.
In an interesting fashion, Bajrang happens to be the lone male Indian personality in world top 10.
However things are rosy in the women’s rankings, where as many as five female wrestlers are representing India in the top-10 bracket in their respective categories.
Next in line is Ritu Phogat, who stands at the 10th position in the top-10 in the women’s 50kg with 33 points.
Sarita Mor is placed at the seventh position in 59kg with 29 points whereas Navjot Kaur with 32 points and Kiran with 37 points are both ranked ninth in the 68 kg and 76 kg categories respectively.
Congratulations, Bajrang Punia. Keep Shining!