Deepak Punia climbs to No 1 spot, Bajrang slides to 2nd

Deepak Punia climbs to No 1 spot, Bajrang slides to 2nd

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : India's rising star and World Championship silver medallist Deepak Punia on Friday jumped to world number one position in 86kg freestyle men's category, in the latest rankings issued by United World Wrestling (UWW).

Participating in his maiden senior World Championship, Deepak had settled for a silver after an ankle injury forced him to pull out of the final against Iranian great Hasan Yazdani. He now has 82 points, four more than World Champion Yazdani.

This year, Deepak has been in sensational form and had won a silver at Yasar Dogu and bronze medals at Asian Championship and at Sassari tournaments. Meanwhile, Bajrang Punia, who managed a bronze medal at the World Championships, has lost his number one spot in the 65-kg weight category.

Bajrang, who had entered the championships ranked number one, now has 63 points while Russia's Gadzhimurad Rashidov, who won gold in Nur-Sultan, is at the top spot with 72 points.

In 57-kg category, Ravi Dahiya, who also bagged bronze in the World Championships, has entered the top-five. He is ranked fifth with 39 points while Rahul Aware's bronze medal has pushed him to the second spot in the 61-kg weight category.

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 with 71 points.
In 50kg, Seema Bisla has dropped a rung to number three while Pooja Dhanda (32) is ranked five in 59kg, two places behind Manju Kumari (40). (UNI)