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Tokyo Olympics: Bajrang Punia qualifies for semifinal

Bajrang Punia, has qualified for the semifinal of Men's 65kg at the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Iran's Morteza Ghiasi Cheka via a victory by fall.

Bajrang Punia in action against Morteza Ghiasi Cheka at Tokyo Olympics
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Bajrang Punia in action against Morteza Ghiasi Cheka in quarterfinal at Tokyo Olympics (Source: Times Now)

By

Abhijit Nair

Updated: 6 Aug 2021 6:06 AM GMT

The star Indian wrestler, Bajrang Punia, has qualified for the semifinal of Men's 65kg at the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Iran's Morteza Ghiasi Cheka via a victory by fall.

Bajrang seemed to be competing in a highly defensive mode, which the referee duly realised and penalised with a 30 seconds passivity time. The Indian failed to score as the Iranian took a 1-0 lead going into the break.


The second half did not seem to be any different either, with the 27-year-old Indian penalised for being passive yet again.

But, this time Bajrang took down Morteza Ghiasi Cheka and pinned him to the mat to qualify for the semifinal via a victory by fall.

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