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Bajrang Punia first Indian to be ranked World No. 1

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New Delhi, November 10: Bajrang Punia, who won a silver medal in last month’s World Championships at Budapest, is ranked No. 1 in the world, according to the ranking chart released by the United World Wrestling on Saturday (November 10).

Thus, Punia who competes in Freetstyle 65 kg class became the first Indian to be ranked as the top wrestler by the world body in his class which, for the first time, introduced seeding system in world championships during the Budapest event. Punia was seeded No. 3, again a first for any Indian wrestler.

“I am happy about the ranking because it reflects India’s overall growth in wrestling. But the real celebration for me will be when I become the Olympic champion,” said the seasoned wrestler from Sonepat, who felt blessed because of the support he has gotten from all quarters, including his fans and the WFI.

The CWG and Asian Games gold medal winner, who lost in the final World Championship of the 65 kg category to Japanese Takuto Otoguro, leads the chart with 96 points to take the top perch. The Indian is way ahead of Russian Akhmed Chakaev and Takuto, who is No. 2 and Tauto, placed at No. 3.

The Russian, who lost to the Japanese in the semi-finals of the Worlds, with 66 points, has managed to push the Japanese, who has a total of 62 points, to the third spot.

Punia’s ranking is based on his international performance throughout the year which included the gold medals at Gold Coast and Jakarta in 2018.

Source: Press Release

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    Story first published: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 18:29 [IST]
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