Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Bajrang Punia certified for Tokyo Olympics by strolling into the semifinals whereas Ravi Dahiya joined him with shock victories over his extra fancied rivals within the World Wrestling Championships right here on Thursday.
Making full use of a simple 65kg draw, Bajrang steam-rolled one opponent after one other to remain heading in the right direction for his maiden World Championships title. He had gained a silver in Budapest in 2018.
Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar is the one Indian wrestler to have gained a World Championship gold in 2010 in Moscow.
Ravi (57kg) emerged an unlikely hero for India along with his outstanding composure whereas combating towards a few of hardest opponents in a difficult class, together with an European champion and one other a world quantity three wrestler.
Each Bajrang and Ravi are actually sturdy candidates for medals.
Within the semifinals, Bajrang might be up towards Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan whereas Ravi faces reigning world champion Zavur Uguev of Russia.
Vinesh Phogat had booked an Olympic quota in girls’s 53kg on Wednesday.
Bajrang didn’t need to work a lot in going previous Poland’s Krzysztof Bienkowski within the opening spherical. He simply beat his opponent 9-2.
Bajrang’s subsequent opponent was David Habat who didn’t trouble the Indian a lot although the Slovenian twice had his proper leg in his clutches. The primary likelihood was in first interval from floor place after which within the standing place after the break.
The Slovanian, surprisingly, couldn’t exploit the advantageous place.
Within the quarterfinals towards Korea’s Jong Choi Son, Bajrang misplaced some extent for stepping out however gained the bout comfortably 8-1 after that.
In an unbelievable debut, Ravi Dahiya gained the primary two bouts by technical superiority within the 57kg.
In a outstanding turnaround he erased a six-point deficit to log 17 factors in a row along with his counter-attack to shock Arsen Harutunyan, the 61kg European champion from Armenia.
What was spectacular about Ravi was that regardless of trailing 0-6, he saved his cool and stayed within the bout and ultimately discovered a solution to tear aside the defence of the Armenian.
There was a little bit of drama in the direction of the top when Armenia challenged the bout-finishing level. After a lot delay and watching replays, Ravi was declared the winner.
Ravi’s first sufferer was Korea’ Sunggwon Kim.
Within the quarterfinals, he was up towards 2017 world champion and world quantity three Yuki Takahashi, one of many hardest to beat in 57kg, however Ravi confirmed great composure to eke out a 6-1 win.
The Indian didn’t let the formidable Japanese play his recreation as he restricted his well-known swift motion.
Within the girls’s competitors, there was no finish to the woes of Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi, who misplaced her opening spherical 7-10 to Nigeria’s Aminat Adeniyi.
Sakshi waited too lengthy to assault whereas her highly effective opponent moved rapidly.
Sakshi is out of the championship because the Nigerian later misplaced her quarterfinal bout.
Within the 68kg, Divya Kakran couldn’t do a lot towards reigning Olympic champion Sara Dosho from Japan, dropping the bout 0-2.