Bajrang's bronze medal took India's tally in the Tokyo Olympics to six medals -- two silver and four bronze. India thus tied for its best medal haul in the Olympics at 2012 London when they won two silver and four bronze.
Punia will be up against Haji Aliyev from Azerbaijan in the semifinal.
This was two-time Asian champion Dahiya's second straight loss to Zavur Uguev, a two-time world champion, in as many meetings. The two met in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Championships in Nur Sultan and the Indian wrestler lost in the final seconds of the bout in a closely fought contest.
Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik on Thursday expressed her disappointment over India's strong medal contender Vinesh Phogat's shocking defeat in the quarterfinal of the 53 kg category at Tokyo 2020.
Vinesh will face Belarus' Vanesa Kaladzinskaya, the reigning European champion, in the last-eight stage.
Before this, Sushil Kumar was the only Indian to make the gold medal bout in 2012 London Games and settle for a silver.
Dahiya will take on Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the last-four, while Punia will be up against David Morris Taylor of the USA.
Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya made a confident start to his Olympics campaign, winning by technical superiority against Colombia's Tigreros Urbano to reach the men's freestyle 57kg quarterfinals.
With less than 50 days to go for the Olympic Games to begin, Vinesh looked strong in defence and swift in attacks and counter-attacks.
New Delhi: Ravi Dahiya impressed with a gold-winning effort at the Asian Wrestling Championship but India’s biggest Olympic medal hope Bajrang Punia looked good until he ran into Japanese Takuto Otoguro in his final here on Saturday. In a strong show by the home wrestlers, four of them reached the finals but only Ravi stood […]
New Delhi: Divya Kakran led the pack with a stunning performance before Sarita Mor and Pinki grabbed gold in their respective categories as India dominated the opening day of women’s competition at the Asian Wrestling Championship here on Thursday. On a memorable day for the hosts, the Indian girls reached four out of five finals […]
New Delhi: Tokyo 2020 bound wrestler Deepak Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya once again proved their mettle as they qualified for the Senior Asian Championship to be held here from February 17-23. The trials were held at the K.D Jadhav Wrestling Indoor Stadium on Friday. Deepak, who is fresh from a string of good performances […]
New Delhi: India will get its first-ever dedicated video and digital news platform catering exclusively to wrestling – WrestlingTV, which will be a one-stop video and news destination for the entire wrestling fraternity and fans, a statement said. The digital channel is conceived by Sporty Solutionz, India’s premier sports marketing, IPR company and exclusive media […]
Chandigarh: World number one wrestler Bajrang Punia will soon tie the knot with grappler Sangeeta, youngest of the Phogat sisters, family sources said on Thursday. The wedding ceremony is likely to take place after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Bajrang, the 65-kg category wrestler, and Sangeeta — who is a former national medalist in the […]
New Delhi: Star India grappler Vinesh Phogat has bagged her third consecutive gold in women’s 53kg category after winning the Poland Open wrestling tournament in Warsaw. The 24-year-old prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the final of the competition. Vinesh had earlier beaten Sofia Mattson of Sweden, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, in the […]
New Delhi: The Executive Council of the Indian Olympic Association will meet next month to take a final decision on its boycott call of 2022 Commonwealth Games, its Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said on Saturday. The IOA had proposed to boycott the 2022 Birmingham CWG in protest against the dropping of shooting from its roster […]
New Delhi: Ace Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has said he is happy to top the ranking charts but his main focus is to win more medals for the country, especially in the Olympics. Bajrang, who recently bagged the first position in the 65-kg category at the United World Wrestling (UWW) event, also said he is […]
New Delhi: Bajrang Punia, who got a silver medal in last months World Championships at Budapest, is ranked No.1 in the world in his weight category, according to the ranking chart released by the United World Wrestling on Saturday. Punia who competes in Freestyle 65 kilogram class, thus became the first Indian to be ranked […]
New Delhi: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu were conferred with the country’s highest sporting honour — Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award — by President Ram Nath Kovind at the annual National Sports Awards ceremony here on Tuesday. This year’s award ceremony was postponed to September 25 from the […]
Gold Coast (Australia): India’s Pooja Dhanda finished with the silver medal in the women’s 57 kilogram wrestling category at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Friday. Pooja lost 5-7 to defending champion Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria in the final. The Nigerian had won the title at the 2014 CWG in Glasgow as well. In […]
Gold Coast (Australia): Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won gold in the men’s freestyle 65 kilogram category at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Friday. Bajrang needed only around two minutes to overpower Kane Charig of Wales by technical superiority. Meanwhile, India’s Pooja Dhanda finished with the silver medal in the women’s 57 kilogram wrestling […]
Gold Coast (Australia): Indian wrestlers Rahul Aware and Sushil Kumar won gold in the men’s 57 kg and 74 kg category, respectively at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Thursday. Sushil defended his crown in the men’s 74 kilogram category which he had won at the 2014 edition in Glasgow, Scotland. Sushil overpowered Johannes Botha […]
Gold Coast (Australia): Indian wrestler Babita Kumari took silver in the women’s 53 kilogram category at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Thursday. Babita lost 2-5 to Canada’s Diana Weicker in her last round robin match which put paid to her chances of winning gold. Weicker won gold while Bose Samuel of Nigeria […]
New Delhi: Indian wrestling star Sushil Kumar was booked by Delhi Police on Saturday following a complaint by fellow grappler Parveen Rana. Supporters of Sushil and Rana had clashed at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Friday during trials to select the Indian wrestling squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The scuffle broke out after […]
Johannesburg: Indian wrestling star Sushil Kumar made his return to competitive wrestling a memorable one, defeating local favourite Johannes Petrus in the final of the men’s 74 kilogram freestyle category to clinch gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship here on Sunday. Sushil gave his South African opponent virtually no chance in the title clash, carving […]