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Tokyo Olympics: Wrestler Bajrang Punia Loses In Semis, To Compete For Bronze

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  • Aug 06, 2021;
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia lost the men's 65kg freestyle semi-finalto Azerbaijan's Haji Aliyev on Friday. Bajrang lost 5-12 in a bout in which Aliyev was the one to set the pace. After the first period, Aliyev led 4-1 and it was down to Bajrang to make the moves to reduce the deficit. In the second period, the Azerbaijan wrestler got hold of Bajrang's legs and went on a point-scoring spree to lead 8-1. Bajrang did score four points later in the bout but Aliyev again extended his lead by seven points and eventually won the bout to seal a berth in the gold medal match. Bajrang will now fight for the bronze medal on Saturday.