Punia wrestles to top the world


Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has touched a new high by becoming the world’s top ranking wrestler in the 65kg category.

In the latest rankings released by the United World Wrestling, the world governing body for the sport of wrestling, Bajrang heads the 65kg chart with 96 points – a 30-point lead over second-placed Alejandro Enrique Valdes Tobier of Cuba. Bajrang had beaten Tobier in the UWW World Championship semi-finals at Budapest, Hungary, last month.

Bajrang had won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship.

Russia’s Akhmed Chakaev (62) is in third place and the new world champion Takuto Otoguro (56) is at number four, followed by Turkey’s Selahattin Kilicsallayan (50).

Bajrang is the lone male Indian to figure in top-10 but five female Indian wrestlers are in top-10 bracket in their respective categories.

Pooja Dhanda, Ritu Phogat, Sarita Mor, Navjot Kaur and Kiran (37) are the top female wrestlers.


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