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Wrestler Bajrang Punia Loses in 65kg Semi-final; Will Contest For Bronze Now

India wrestler Bajrang Punia misplaced to Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan 5-12 within the males’s freestyle 65kg semi-final, failing to qualify for the gold medal bout on Friday.

Bajrang will now contest for the bronze medal on Saturday.

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Bajrang took a 1-Zero lead earlier than Aliyev scored a two-pointer in fast time and by no means regarded again and by the tip of the primary interval, the 27-year-old Indian discovered himself trailing 1-4.

In the second interval, Aliyev, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, stepped up and took a large seven-point lead earlier than Bajrang tried a comeback to make it 5-9. However, his opponent added two extra factors within the dying seconds for a complete win.

Earlier within the day, Punia put his tactical acumen and power to good use within the second interval to pin Iran’s Morteza Cheka Ghiasi for a semifinal berth. Bajrang trailed the Iranian for a significant a part of the bout after being severely crippled by Ghiasi’s defensive ways, particularly the body-locks.

Twice Bajrang was placed on exercise clock and likewise left to defend his proper leg when Ghiasi acquired maintain of it.

As the second interval moved in direction of the ultimate minute, Ghiasi regarded like making a harmful transfer when he acquired maintain of Bajrang’s proper leg and nearly pulled off a take down.

But Bajrang not solely wriggled out of that clutch, he locked the neck of Ghiasi and moved right into a place from the place he turned his rival, pushed him on the mat and held him together with his immense power to emerge victorious by fall.

In his opening bout, a well timed take-down transfer helped him beat Kyrgyzstan’s Ernazar Akmataliev earlier within the day.

Just earlier than the tip of the primary interval put the Indian forward 3-1 however Akmataliev ran Bajrang shut within the second interval, getting two push-out factors to stage the scores. Since Bajrang had the excessive scoring transfer, a two-pointer take down, he was declared winner on standards.

With PTI Inputs

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