Tokyo Olympics 2020: Bajrang Punia beat Iran’s wrestler to enter semi-finals, one win away from medal

Star wrestler Bajrang Punia (freestyle 65 kg weight category) has come close to winning a medal in the Tokyo Olympics. He defeated Iran’s wrestler Morteza CHEKA GHIASI in the quarterfinal match. Bajrang has made it to the semi-finals with this win and he is one win away from the medal.

Bajrang Punia will face three-time world champion Haji Aliyev in the semi-finals. If Bajrang wins in the semi-finals, he will ensure another medal for the country.

Bajrang’s match in the quarter final was like this

Bajrang Punia defeated Iran’s wrestler Morteza CHEKA GHIASI in the quarterfinal match. Bajrang won this match 2-1. He was declared Winner Byfall.

Bajrang was initially trailing 0-1 in this match. He showed defensive play in the first period. Passive clock was started against him, but Bajrang did not panic.

He was protective in the second period as well, while Morteza of Iran was constantly attacking. However, even Bajrang was not giving him a chance to bet. But when given 30 seconds to avoid losing the penalty point again, Bajrang had to be aggressive. The result was that Morteza, who was trying to trap him by holding his leg, got stuck in his grip on the reverse.

Bajrang took full advantage of this opportunity and grabbed the first two points. After this, he ended the match by turning Morteza over and putting his shoulders on the ground.

Seema Bisla’s journey ends

Earlier, the journey of women’s wrestler Seema Bisla to Tokyo Olympics came to an end. She lost the pre-quarter match. After the defeat, he will not even get a chance for repechage, because Tunisia’s wrestler Sara Hamdi, who defeated him, lost in the quarter-final match.

Bajrang won on technical grounds in pre-quarters

In the pre-quarterfinal match, Bajrang defeated Arnazar Akmataliev of Kyrgyzstan on technical grounds. Bajrang had won the first period 3-1. In the second period, Bajrang tried to make a bet by holding Akmataliev’s leg, but missed the second leg as the hand was not in hand.

Even till the last 30 seconds, Bajrang was ahead in the second period, but Akmataliev suddenly took an aggressive approach by collecting 1-1 points twice. In the end, Bajrang was declared the winner on technical grounds for making a bigger bet.

A medal has come in wrestling

Earlier on Thursday, Ravi Kumar Dahiya performed brilliantly and won the silver medal. In the final of the 57kg freestyle, Ravi Dahiya was defeated 7-4 by second seed Russian Olympic Committee wrestler Javur Yuguyev.

With the defeat in the final, Ravi Dahiya’s dream of winning gold in the Olympics was shattered. It is worth noting that in the Olympics, only Abhinav Bindra has won gold for India in the individual event so far. Abhinav Bindra achieved this golden feat in the 10m air rifle event of the Beijing Olympics (2008). This is India’s fifth medal at the Tokyo Games.

Sushil won the first silver in wrestling

Ravi Kumar Dahiya is the fifth Indian wrestler overall to win a medal at the Olympics. First wrestler KD Jadhav won a bronze medal for India in the Helsinki Olympics (1952). After this, wrestler Sushil Kumar won bronze in Beijing Olympics (2008) and silver medals in London Olympics (2012) for India. Apart from Sushil, Yogeshwar Dutt was also successful in winning bronze in London Olympics. Sakshi Malik won the bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Such is the history in the Olympics

India had fielded two wrestlers for the first time in the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games. After this, the Olympic Games of 1924, 1928, 1932 and 1976 were the only ones in which India did not participate in wrestling. Wrestler Randhir Singh came very close to winning India’s first Olympic medal in 1920, but in the end the credit went to Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav. July 23, 1952 holds a special place in the history of Indian wrestling, as it was on this day that Jadhav won the bronze medal in bantamweight at the Helsinki Olympics.

Born on November 15, 1926 in Goleshwar, Maharashtra, Jadhav won the first round in a match that lasted 14:25 seconds over Canada’s Adrian Poliquin and in the next round he defeated Leandro Basuerto of Mexico in just five minutes and 20 seconds. He reached the final round after defeating Germany Ferdinand Schmidt 2-1. Then there were matches between the top three wrestlers on a round robin basis. Jadhav lost in the final round to Rashid Mammadbayov of the Soviet Union and Sohachi Ishii of Japan.

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