Bajrang Punia entered the history books as he won silver and became the first Indian wrestler to win two medals at the World Wrestling Championships on Monday. Punia had won a bronze medal in the 2013 edition. Punia lost 9-16 to Takuto Otoguro of Japan in the final of the 65 kg freestyle event.
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Punia went down 9-16 to the Japanese teenager, who, at 19, is now his country’s youngest world champion. Legendary Yuji Takada, who won gold at 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, had become youngest world champion from Japan at the age of 20 in 1974. Punia had won a bronze medal in 2013 edition of the tournament while competing in the 60kg category and the silver on Monday made him the only Indian wrestler to win two medals at the World Championships. India’s lone Worlds gold medal, thus, remains in the name of Sushil Kumar, who bagged it in Moscow back in 2010. In the final, Punia was down 0-5 in no time after the start of the bout but did well to come back trailing by just a point, 6-7, at the end of the first period. Punia has had a great 2018 so far, having already won gold medals at the Asian Games as well as the Commonwealth Games.
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