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Asian Games: After Sushil Kumar Shocker, Bajrang Punia, Sandeep Tomar Make it To Quarters

India’s big gold medal hope, wrestler Bajrang Punia, made a stunning comeback to make it to the quarterfinal of the Men’s 65 kg Freestyle event, after trailing at the start of the bout against Uzbekistan’s Khasanov Sirojjidin.

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Updated:August 19, 2018, 2:00 PM IST
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Asian Games: After Sushil Kumar Shocker, Bajrang Punia, Sandeep Tomar Make it To Quarters
India’s big gold medal hope, wrestler Bajrang Punia, made a stunning comeback to make it to the quarterfinal of the Men’s 65 kg Freestyle event, after trailing at the start of the bout against Uzbekistan’s Khasanov Sirojjidin.
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India’s big Gold medal hope, wrestler Bajrang Punia, made a stunning comeback to make it to the quarterfinal of the Men’s 65 kg Freestyle event, after trailing at the start of the bout against Uzbekistan’s Khasanov Sirojjidin.

Punia won 13-3 in the end by technical superiority. The start wasn’t the best for the Commonwealth Games gold medallist who was trailing 0-3, but Punia, who won silver at his last Asian Games outing, is known for comebacks and counterattacks.

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He targeted his opponents leg time and again, and didn’t allow any points till the very end. Six straight points saw the Indian go up 6-3, and after that there was no looking back. The Uzbeki had lost steam, as Bajrang raced to a 13-3 win to make it to the last 8 by technical superiority.

Mentored by Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, Punia has had a superb 2018 with a hat-trick of gold medals in his kitty already.

Meanwhile, Sandeep Tomar made it to the quarter finals of the 57 kg Freestyle event after a 12-8 win against Turkmenistan’s Rustem Nazarov.

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Tomar started his bout with a superb 6-0 lead only for Nazarov to fight back and level things at 8-8. With the Indian managing a slender 10-8 lead, Nazarov did his best to turn Tomar over, but two subsequent points got the 27 year old from Rohtak back in a commanding position.

The medal rounds for men’s wrestling begin 6 pm IST onwards.

| Edited by: Abhimanyu Sen
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