Bajrang Punia, Vinod Kumar assured of silver at U-23 World Wrestling Championship
Bajrang Punia defeated Iran’s Yones Aliakbar 9-7 in the 65kg semifinals of the U-23 World Wrestling Championship, while Vinod Kumar posted a 2-1 win over a Japanese wrestler to make the gold medal rounds.other sports Updated: Nov 26, 2017 23:06 IST
Asian champion Bajrang Punia and Vinod Kumar entered the final of their respective weight categories in the men’s freestyle event of the U-23 World Wrestling Championship in Poland.
Bajrang defeated Iran’s Yones Aliakbar 9-7 in the semifinals of 65kg, while Vinod posted a 2-1 win over a Japanese wrestler in the last-four stage of 70kg to make the gold medal rounds.
Bajrang earlier got the better of Turkey’s Yavuz 7-5 in quarterfinals after thrashing Azerbaijan’s Ilyasli 5-0.
Bajrang will take on Russian grappler Kuular in the final.
Vinod had beaten Ukrainian Zakariev 5-2 in quarterfinals after blanking Georgia’s Mirza 3-0 in his qualification bout. In the final, Vinod will face USA’s Lewis.
First Published: Nov 26, 2017 23:06 IST