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Wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar qualify to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Last updated on September 19, 2019

Indian wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar Secured their berths in the next year’s Olympics in Tokyo by Hitting semifinals in World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan at Kazakhstan. But the wrestlers dropped in their rounds bout and failed to achieve the final.

While Punia controversially dropped to Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov 9-9 from the semifinal bout through standards stage – a four-stage transfer, Ravi also went down Russia’s Zavur Uguev 4-6. The wrestlers will compete to get a bronze medal Friday.

Punia was tracking 2-9 after a four-point movement to Niyazbekov that was reviewed from the Indian grappler. The Kazakh wrestler received multiple warnings in the Army for fouls, but Punia wasn’t given points, for precisely the same.

India has entirely earned three Olympics qualification up to now, with Vinesh Phogat getting the first win after winning the bronze medal in 53kg on Wednesday.

In other outcomes, Sakshi Malik was knocked from medal contention after she dropped 7-10 from Nigeria’s Aminat Adeniyi in Women’s 62 kg group. Adeniyi dropped her pre-quarterfinal bout, so running Malik from repechage bout. Divya Kakran, who lost her opening, won’t compete in repechage following Japan’s Dosho, contrary to whom she dropped, was ousted from the tournament, dropping her quarterfinal bout.