Tokyo: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia lost to Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan in the semifinals of men’s 65-kilogram wrestling at the Tokyo Olympics. Rio Olympics bronze medal winner and three-time world champion Haji Aliyev defeated the Indian wrestler by 12-5.
Second seeded Punia will now contest for the Bronze in the Repechage round. Punia had won gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and silver at the 2019 World Championships.
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Earlier India’s Deepak Punia lost to Myles Nazem Amine of San Marino in the 86-kilogram category.