Junior Asian Champion Deepak Punia on Saturday earned a shot at the world championship title after reaching the final of the 86kg event in the junior world wrestling championship in Trnava.
In a dominating show, Punia lost only two points en route the final, where he will fight it out with Turkey’s Arif Ozen.
The two points he lost was in the semi-final against Moldova’s Ivan Nedealco where he scored a 6-2 win.
In his previous bouts, Punia beat Patrik Szurovszki (7-0) and Jayong Jin (11-0) without losing a single point.
Another Indian in fray, Naveen Sihag settled for silver in the 57kg after losing the final 1-12 to Russia’s Akhmed Idrisov.
Medal hope remains alive for Sachin Rathi and Sanjeet too as they will fight for bronze after losing their semi-final and quarter-final respectively.
Rathi lost his 74kg semifinal to Abubakr Abakarov by technical superiority (0-11 while Sanjeet lost his 92kg quarterfinal 2-7 to Iran’s Abbas Ali but made the repechage round.
Suraj Rajkumar lost in the quarterfinals 3-6 to Panagiotis Ioakeimidis in the 61kg category.
Disappointment was in store for Sandeep Singh Mann, who lost his 79kg repechage round to Ukraine’s Adlan Bataiev.
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