One more bronze has been added to Indian tally at ongoing World Wrestling Championships 2019 in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan. This time young grappler Rahul Aware has made his country proud. The 27-year-old young Indian wrestler pinned down 2017 Pan American champion Tyler Graff with the great margin of 11-4 in order to clinch a fifth bronze medal for India.
The thrilling 61kg bronze-medal bout started with Graff taking a two-point lead in the game in order to create pressure on Rahul. But the Indian was super strong and super powerful and he easily returned the favour back to Graff as he was also sounded with two more points. As a result, the first half ended in the favour of Rahul Aware with 4-2 lead.
In the second half, the Indian took his game up and raced to a 10-2 lead against Graff with a strong stranglehold. Eventually, Rahul stole the show under the nose of the American and secured a bronze for his country.
Apart from Rahul, world champion Bajrang Punia, brilliant wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Deepak Punia and star female wrestler Vinesh Phogat already clinched the bronze for India and secured their place in Summer Olympics 2020. Notably, Deepak Punia pulled out his name from gold medal bout against Iran great Hassan Yazdani in the 86kg category due to serious injuries during the prestigious tournament.
The ace wrestler Bajrang Punia claimed a bronze medal on his name at World Wrestling Championships 2019 against Tulga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia. Punia thrashed the Mongolian star by 8-7 verdict in the 65 kg men’s wrestling category. While Ravi Kumar Dahiya beat Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi to become second Indian male wrestler who added bronze to Indian tally. Ravi flattened the Iranian freestyle wrestler Reza with the scoreline of 6-3 in order to register his maiden bronze medal at World Wrestling Championships 2019.
On the other side in female wrestling, star Indian player Vinesh Phogat won a bronze in the 53kg category against Sarah Hildebrandt of USA. After her upsetting defeat against reigning World Wrestling Champion Maya Mukaida in pre-quarterfinals, Phogat finally bounced back against the American by 8-2 scoreline.
The grand event of Wrestling Championships 2019 has now been ended for India with a record haul of five medals.