Indian wrestler Deepak Punia has been promoted to the world No. 1 spot in the 86kg category after he won a silver medal at the World Wrestling Championship in the latest rankings by the international federation (UWW). However, Bajrang Punia had to part ways from the top rank in the 65kg category after managing only a bronze in the recently concluded tournament.
Competing in his first-ever senior World Championship, Deepak had to settle for a silver medal after suffering an ankle injury that forced him to opt-out of the final against Iranian wrestler giant Hasan Yazdani. Nonetheless, the 20-year-old has 82 points, 4 more than World Champion Yazdani.
Deepak has been on a roll this year. He had clinched a silver Yasar Dogu as well as a bronze medal at Asian Championship and Sassari tournaments respectively. And the resultant of those exploits, Punia has been rewarded for his consistent performances. The youngster is also the reigning Junior World champion.
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Bajrang Slips to No.2
However, it was not a particularly encouraging news for Bajrang, who had to give up his World No.1 spot after managing a bronze in the Championships.
The 25-year-old now has 63 points to his name, with Russian wrestler Gadzhimurad Rashidov climbing the World No.1 spot in the 65kg category. The European won gold medals in Nur Sultan.
There is some good news elsewhere. Rahul Aware’s bronze medal-winning antiques at the World Championships has pushed him to the world No.2 place. World bronze medallist Ravi Dahiya has also entered Top 5 in the 57kg. He comes in at the fifth position with 39 points.
In women’s rankings, Vinesh Phogat has jumped to number two in 53kg category after winning bronze as well as a Tokyo Olympic quota in Nur Sultan. It means that she has now climbed four places to reach there after a stupendous show last week.
Among others, Seema Bisla slipped to number three in 50kg, whereas Manju Kumari (40) comes in at No.3 in 59kg, two places ahead of compatriot Pooja Dhanda (32).