Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Puniya defended his title at the Matteo Pellicone (Rome) Ranking Series. With this stunning victory he is back to world number one rank in the 65 kg category with 14 points. Earlier, he was 2nd in the rankings. The latest rankings are based on results of this tournament only.
Bajrang seemed to have improved a lot in the one-year break due to the coronavirus pandemic. He has really mastered upon his leg defense.
Bajrang was competing against Mongolia’s Tulga Tumur Ochir. In the beginning Puniya was trailing by 0-2. It was in the last 30 seconds, he managed to level the scores in the finals of the 65 kg event.
As the last scoring point came from the Indian he was declared the winner on criteria.
Vinesh: Take a Bow
Another gem from the Indian soil, Vinesh Phogat won her 2nd gold medal within 2 weeks. She registered a dominant win in the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series event. She grabbed the top rank in her category. Last week only Vinesh had won a gold medal in Kiev.
The 26-year-old Vinesh Phogat beat Canada’s Diana Mary Helen Weicker 4-0 in the 53 kg title clash. Phogat is the only Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. She is also a winner of bronze medal at 2019 world championship.
Such a stunning performance will definitely give her more motivation and belief that her preparations for the biggest sporting event are on the right track.
Other Medal Winners
Vishal Kaliramana won a bronze medal in the non-Olympic 70 kg category. He won over Syrbaz Talgat from Kazakhstan, with a score of 5-1.
India returned with a total of 7 medals from the first Ranking Series event in a year.
Greco Roman wrestlers—Neeraj (63 kg), Kuldeep Malik (72 kg), Naveen (130 kg) — bagged three bronze medals.
Entire nation feels proud on such a marvelous achievements by our Indian wrestling team. Tons of congratulations to all the medal winners. And all the very best for future endeavors.