Bajrang Punia reaches Olympic wrestling 65kg semifinals in Tokyo, to face Haji Aliyev

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia beat Ernaaz Akmataliev of Kyrgyzstan on Friday to reach the semis in the Men's freestyle 65kg at the Tokyo Olympics.

Morteza Ghiasi Cheka of Team Iran reacts after being defeated by Bajrang Bajrang of Team India during the Men's Freestyle 65kg Quarterfinal.   -  Getty Images

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia beat Morteza Ghiasi Cheka of Iran by fall in the Men's freestyle 65kg quarterfinal at the Tokyo Olympics. He will wrestle three time world champion Haji Aliyev for a place in the final of the 65kg category.  India has five medals at this Olympics. Mirabai Chanu had earlier won a silver in weightlifting and Ravi Kumar Dahiya a silver in wrestling, while Lovlina Borgohain, PV Sindhu and the men's team got a bronze in boxing, badminton and hockey respectively.

Bajrang Punia enters Olympic wrestling 65kg quarters in Tokyo


Earlier, Bajrang beat Ernaaz Akmataliev of Kyrgyzstan 3-3 on criteria to reach the quarters. Bajrang scored the biggest points of the match through a takedown in round one. 

Seema Bisla went down 1-3 to Tunisia's Sarra Hamdi in the opening round of the women's 50kg class in the morning. Bisla's repechage hopes ended after the Tunisian wrestler lost her quarterfinal bout.

Meanwhile, Ravi Kumar Dahiya on Thursday joined a select club of elite Indian athletes as he became only the second Indian wrestler to win an Olympic silver medal.


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