World Wrestling Championships 2019: Bajrang Punia and Ravhi Dahiya won bronze medals for India in the ongoing WWC 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Bajrang Punia won against Tulga Ochir of Mongolia in 8-7 in the men’s freestyle 65 kilograms bout to win the bronze medal for India. Ravi Dahiya defeated Reza Atrinagharchi of Iran in 6-3 to win the bronze medal for India. Also, Ravi and Bajrang qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
In 2013 Bajrang won bronze, and last year, the wrestler won silver in Budapest.
After his win, Bajrang had an interview with PTI, he said, “I will never forget what they did to me. I was so heartbroken that I did not even want to fight for the bronze. The whole world saw what they did. I had worked so hard for the World Championship gold. I appeal to the UWW to do something about it.”
Bajrang added, “My coaches told me medal is a medal so I agreed to compete in this bout. I am glad I gave India third World medal.”
Bajrang lost to Daulet Niyazbekov in the semifinals of the WWC 2019 in Kazakhstan on September 19, 2019.
When asked about his defense skills in the match, Bajrang said, “No, that’s my style. I do well after trailing. I have been doing that for years.”