Olympics: Bajrang loses in semis; to fight for bronze medal
Tokyo, August 6, 2021
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia suffered a huge setback as he lost 5-12 on points to Aliyev Haji of Azerbaijan, the bronze medalist in 57kg at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, in the semi-finals and will now have to fight for the bronze medal on Saturday.
Bajrang, who had survived a scare in the pre-quarter-finals against Akmataliev Ernazar of Kyrgyzstan and had outplayed Ghiasi Cheka Morteza of Iran in the quarter-finnal, went behind 1-4 on points in the first period and then came under repeated attacks from the Azerbaijani in the second to lose by a big margin.
Bajrang did fight back in the second period by claiming four points but the Azerbaijani grappler proved too strong with late attacks.
Bajrang will face the winner of the repechage rounds in the bronze-medal match on Saturday.