Wrestler Deepak Punia named world No.1 in 86 kg category

Deepak Punia, United World wrestling, world no.1, 86kg category, World Wrestling Championships, Bajrang Punia
Competing in his maiden senior World Championship, Deepak settled for a silver after an ankle injury forced him to pull out of the final against Iranian great Hasan Yazdani. Photo: Twitter

In the latest ranking issued by the United World Wrestling (UWW), World Championship silver medallist Deepak Punia jumped to the world number one position in the 86kg category.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia, on the other hand, lost his top spot in the 65kg category in the list released by the international federation.

Competing in his maiden senior World Championship, Deepak settled for a silver after an ankle injury forced him to pull out of the final against Iranian great Hasan Yazdani.

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The 20-year-old who won silver at Yasar Dogu and bronze medals at Asian Championship and Sassari tournaments, now has 82 points, four more than World Champion Yazdani.

He has also been rewarded for his consistent show in all the events.

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However, Bajrang, who went into the World Championship as world number one, dropped to number two spot after managing a bronze.

The 25-year-old now has 63 points while Russia’s Gadzhimurad Rashidov, who won gold in Nur Sultan, is the new world number one in 65kg.

In 57kg, world bronze medallist Ravi Dahiya has entered the top-five bracket. He is ranked exactly five with 39 points while Rahul Aware’s bronze medal has pushed him to world number two.

Meanwhile, in women’s rankings, Vinesh Phogat, who also won a bronze in Nur Sultan along with Tokyo Olympic quota, has jumped to number two in 53kg category, gaining four places after her stupendous show last week.

In 50kg, Seema Bisla has dropped a rung to number three while Pooja Dhanda (32) is ranked five in 59kg, two places behind compatriot Manju Kumari (40).

(With inputs from agencies)

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