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Wrestling: Punia, Ravi seal Tokyo Olympics berths

Wrestling: Punia, Ravi seal Tokyo Olympics berths
Bajrang Punia


Published: Thu 19 Sep 2019, 10:43 PM

Last updated: Fri 20 Sep 2019, 12:44 AM

Ace Indian grapplers Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya on Thursday secured two quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after entering the semifinals of their respective events at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships. In the semis though, both wrestlers lost their bouts and will now fight for bronze on Friday.
Pooja Dhanda lost her bronze medal match to Pei Xingru of China in the 59kg bronze medal bout 3-5. Pooja was aiming to become the first female Indian wrestler to win multiple World Championship medals. In 2018, Dhanda won a bronze medal in the women's freestyle 57-kg weight class at Budapest.
Earlier, Punia, currently ranked World No.1, entered the semifinals in the 65-kg weight category after beating North Korean grappler Jong Son 8-1 in the quarterfinals to confirm his seat on the flight which will be heading to Tokyo next year.

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