Bajrang Punia staged another late comeback in the 65-kg bronze medal match at the Wrestling World Championship in Kazakhstan on Friday, coming back from 0-6 down to win 8-7 against Mongolia’s Tulga Tumur Ochir.
🥉in 2013 World Championships
🥈in 2018 World Championships
🥉In 2019 World Championships@BajrangPunia becomes the first Indian wrestler to clinch 3⃣ Worlds’ medals after defeating Tulga Tumur Ochir in 🥉medal match 🙌🏼💪🏼
— JSW Sports (@jswsports) September 20, 2019
This is Bajrang’s third medal in the history of the World Championships. He had won a silver at this event last year. He had won a bronze medal in 2013.
Bajrang conceded an early 0-6 lead in the first period, in what has become an usual trajectory for him – to make late surges in the second period after letting his opponents take points in the first. He took two points at the end of the first period to go into the break at 2-6.
He took three successive two-points in the second period to go into an 8-6 lead.
Bajrang Punia defeated Talga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia by 8-7 scoreline in a Bronze medal match.@BajrangPunia becomes first Indian to win three World Championship medals.
Earlier, he has won Silver in 2018 and Bronze in the year 2013.#PunchMeinHaiDum pic.twitter.com/Pj5jwJs9au
— Bhavya Chand (@bhavya_journo) September 20, 2019
Bajrang is in phenomenal form this year. In the Worlds, his winning margins before his semifinal defeat were 9-2, 3-0 and 8-1.
विश्व चैम्पीयन्शिप में कांस्य🥉 पदक जितने की बहुत 2 शुभकामनाएँ बेटा @BajrangPunia हिंदुस्तान का पहला पहलवान जिसने विश्व चैम्पीयन्शिप में तीन पदक 🥉🥈🥉जीते. देश को गर्व है तुम पर. #goforgold #टोक्यो2020 #जयहिंद 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/oyZ9DKheEj
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) September 20, 2019
He was defeated in the semifinal on Thursday in controversial circumstances, with there being widespread allegations that the officials blatantly favoured the home wrestler (from Kazakhstan) over Bajrang.
“We sent only a request to review the bout and in a reply, Friday morning the chairman of Officiation Commission realised that some decisions were incorrect and assured that special attention will be given to Indian bouts,” a WFI source was quoted as saying by ANI on Friday.
Bajrang had already sealed his qualification to the 2020 Olympics earlier in the event.