Wrestler Bajrang Punia Clinches Gold In The Matteo Pellico World Ranking Series In Rome!!!

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Wrestler Bajrang Punia Clinches Gold In The Matteo Pellico World Ranking Series In Rome
Wrestler Bajrang Punia Clinches Gold In The Matteo Pellico World Ranking Series In Rome

Wrestler Bajrang Punia Clinches Gold In The Matteo Pellico World Ranking Series In Rome: Decorated wrestler Bajrang Punia won the second consecutive gold medal in the Matteo Pallicone ranking series on Sunday as he defeated Mongolian Tulga Tumur Ochir 2-2 in the 65kg freestyle event final. Returning to the international circuit after a year of Covid’s pandemic, Punia, 27, remained patient and had his defensive dexterity to win the title after securing a two-pointer in the last 30 seconds of the bout. Last year, Punia won gold in this competition by beating Jordan Oliver of the USA in the final. After the sport returned to action, after the Covid pandemic, Punia competed in an invitational event and an exhibition match in the USA.

The Haryana wrestler defeated Joseph Christopher of the USA in the semi-final with a 6-3 margin, while his quarter-final victim was Turkish Selim Kozan, who was 7-0. Earlier on Sunday, Rohit lost in the bronze medal when he went to Turkey’s Hamza Alaca 10-12. Also on Sunday, ace India wrestler Vinesh Phogat won her second gold medal in two weeks, grabbing the 53kg title here. Vinesh, 26, beat Canada’s Diana Weicker 4-0, winning gold without losing a point throughout the tournament. This is the second Asian Games gold medal in two weeks, having won the 53kg title in the Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial tournament in Kiev, Ukraine. The tournament in Kiev was Vinesh’s first in more than a year.

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