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 […]