Bajrang Punia entered the tournament by finishing second, but attained the top rank.© Twitter
Tokyo-bound Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia drew two players in a final 30-second gold medal to defend his title in the Mateo Pelican ranking ranking event, which resulted in him being ranked number one in the world Had to go back. Against Mongolia's Tulga Tumir, Bajrang was trailing 0–2 until the final moments of 65kg, but managed to reach a score of 30 seconds from the whistle. As the final scoring point came from the Indians, they were declared winners on Sunday night.
At the break of a year Bajrang had improved upon protecting his leg, which was forced by the coronovirus epidemic.
Bajrang was ranked second in the rankings before the event and now tops the rankings table in the 65 kg category with 14 points.
The latest ranking is based only on the results of this tournament.
So whoever will top the podium will be ranked number one in the world.
Vishal Kaliraman also impressed in the non-Olympic 70kg category by winning a 5–1 bronze over Surbaj Talgat from Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile, Narsingh Pancham Yadav, who recently returned to competitive wrestling after a four-year doping ban, lost his bronze play-off 0-5 to Daniyar Casanov of Kazakhstan. However, he was impressed with his strength and temperament.
India had won the gold medal in a year with seven medals in the first ranking series, along with Vinesh Phogat and Sarita More.
Greco Roman wrestlers – Neeraj (63 kg), Kuldeep Malik (72 kg), Naveen (130 kg) – won three bronze medals.
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