World Championships: Deepak Punia 4th Indian wrestler to bag 2020 Olympics quota

first_imgIndian wrestlers continued to make the country proud on the penultimate day of the World Wrestling Championships 2019 as Deepak Punia secured an Olympics quota and Rahul Aware reached the semi-finals of the ongoing tournament in their respective weight categories.Deepak defeated Carlos Arturo Izquierdo Mendez of Colombia in the quarter-finals to become the fourth Indian wrestler to secure a berth for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar have already made the cut for the 2020 Games and bagged bronze medals in their respective weight categories.Junior World Champion Deepak Punia, who is seeded fourth, had earlier defeated Turkmenistan’s Kodirov 6-0 to reach the last-8 on Saturday. Earlier, in his first round contest, he had staged a remarkable comeback to recover from a 0-5 deficit to win 8-6 against Kazhakstan’s Adilet Davlumbayev. Deepak will now face Stefan Reichmuth of Switzerland for a place in the finals.News Flash:Deepak Punia, Junior World Champion, gets India its 4th Olympic Quota as he storms into Semis (86 kg) of World Wrestling Championships after beating Colombian grappler Carlos Mendez 7-6. #WrestleNurSultan pic.twitter.com/7StaPE7K0fIndia_AllSports (@India_AllSports) September 21, 2019Three key men behind the success of Ravi Kumar and Deepak Punia – physios Munesh and Shubham and coach Vladimir from Georgia. The youngsters are going to Tokyo @OGQ_India pic.twitter.com/4Gd7LGNwpOViren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) September 21, 2019Rahul Aware meanwhile, beat former Asian champion Kayliyev of Kazakhstan in a thrilling 10-7 encounter to reach the last four of the 61kg category. Aware had earlier registered a technical superiority win over Turkmenistan’s Kerim Hojakov in the quarters.advertisementJitender on the other hand, stunned bronze medallist Kotanoglu of Turkey 7-1 in the men’s 79kg freestyle category. Mausam Khatri lost 0-10 against top-seeded Kyle Frederick Snyder of USA in 97kg category.Also Read | World Championship bronze an inspiration for upcoming challenges: Bajrang PuniaAlso Read | World Wrestling Championships 2019: Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar seal bronze medalsAlso Read | World Wrestling Championship: Sushil Kumar knocked outlast_img

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