India’s wrestling champion Bajrang Punia recently became the world number one wrestler in the 65 kg category. The 24-year-old champion, who has won five medals in 2018 already, ranked at the top with 96 points in the United World Wrestling list.
This year, wrestling champion Bajrang Punia has already won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, a gold medal in the Asian Games and a silver medal at the World Championship.
Additionally, the star wrestler was the only Indian grappler to be given a seeding at the Budapest World Championship.
With 66 points, Alejandro Enrique Valdes Tobier from Cuba was ranked second and Russia’s Akhmed Chakaev ranked third place with 62 points. At fourth place was Turkey’s Selahattin Kilicsallayan with 50 points.
“I am happy about the ranking because it reflects India’s overall growth in wrestling. The real celebration time for me will come when I become the Olympic champion,” said Punia, according to The Hindu.
Bajrang Punia is the only male Indian wrestler to figure in the top 10, but we have five female wrestlers in the top 10 brackets in their respective categories.
Pooja Dhanda became only the fourth Indian woman to win a World Championship medal and is now ranked sixth in the women’s 57 kg category with 52 points.
Ritu Phogat completed the top 10 in the women’s 50 kg category with 33 points, while Sarita Mor ranked seventh in 59 kg category with 29 points, Navjot Kaur at the ninth rank in 68 kg category and Kiran in 76 kg category respectively, said Hindustan Times.