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Asian Wrestling Championship: Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya Dominate Their Way into Final

Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punia (Photo Credit: Team India Twitter)

Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punia (Photo Credit: Team India Twitter)

Asian Wrestling Championship 2020: Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Gourav Baliyan and Satywart Kadiyan will vie for gold.

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  • Last Updated: February 22, 2020, 3:53 PM IST
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New Delhi: Bajrang Punia's improved leg defence was on display as he reached the gold medal match along with three more Indians, including Ravi Dahiya, on the opening day of men's freestyle competition at the Asian Wrestling Championship on Saturday.

In a strong performance, Bajrang conceded only two points en route to the final, where he will meet Japan's Takuto Otoguro in a repeat of 2018 World Championship final.

Poor leg defence and conceding a big lead in the first period has troubled Bajrang for some time but none of the issues cropped up Saturday as he remained strong from the beginning in the 65kg competition.

He won all his bouts by technical superiority, beating Tajikistan's Dzhamshed Shafirov, Ubbekistan's Abbos Rakhmonov and Iran's Amirhossein Azim Maghsoudi.

In 57kg, Ravi Dahiya, who is fast emerging a strong contender at the Tokyo Games, too put up a strong show beating Japan's Yuki Takahashi (14-5) before pinning Mongolia's Tugs Batjargal.

In the semi-final, Uzbekistan's Nurislam Sanayev too could not challenge Ravi much.

He will now take on Tajikistan's Hikmatullo Vohidov.

Also reaching the gold medal bouts were Gourav Baliyan (79kg) and Satywart Kadiyan (97kg).

Of the five Indian in action today, it was only Naveen who missed out on final appearance in the 70kg category.

He lost his semi-final to Iran's Amirhossein Ali Hosseini 2-3. He will now fight for bronze with Kazkahstan's Meirzhan Ashirov.

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