Bajrang Punia looks to become the sixth ever Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal when he returns to the Makuhari Messe Hall for the bronze medal match of men’s freestyle 65kg event. The three-time medallist at world championships was the favorite of his event has entered the fray as the world No. 1 of his category.
He had a mixed outing on Friday as the Indian just about edged past his first-round opponent – Ernazar Akmataliev – to make the cut for the quarter-finals. He then relaunched his bid with backing his technical acumen to pin Morteza Cheka Ghiasi and storm into the semi-finals.