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Wrestler Bajrang Punia clinches gold in Matteo Pellicon World ranking series in Rome

  • 08, Mar 2021
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In wrestling, World Championship bronze medallist Bajrang Punia has clinched a gold medal by defeating his familiar rival Tulga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia in the Matteo Pallicone World Ranking Series event in Rome. Bajrang defeated Ochir 2-2 by criteria in the final of the 65kg freestyle

Bajrang, who was trailing Ochir 0-2 kept his composure and prevented Ochir from stretching his lead by showcasing quality defensive skills. The Indian wrestler walked away with a Gold medal after getting a 2-pointer in the last 30 seconds.
This is Bajrang's second consecutive gold medal at the Matteo Pellicone event as he had finished on the top of the series in January 2020 as well.
Returning to the international wrestling mat after over a year's gap due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bajrang Punia had advanced to the final of the Matteo Pallicone series after recording a 6-3 win over Joseph Christopher of the USA in the semi-final.

Sources : News on AIR