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Bajrang Punia becomes first Indian to be featured among top seeds in World Wrestling C’ships

Daily Excelsior 2018-10-11 21:26:53

Bajrang Punia becomes first Indian to be featured among top seeds in World Wrestling C’ships


NEW DELHI: Bajrang Punia on Thursday became the first Indian to be seeded in World Wrestling Championships, to be held in Budapest from October 20 to 28.

He is seeded third in his weight category of 65 kg class of the freestyle event.

The 23-year-old had won a bronze at the 2013 World Championships and now aims to change the colour of the medal.

He was awarded the place after earning 45 points in the ranking list released by the United World Wrestling. The world body has introduced the seeding system for the first time ever for the World Championships, utilizing the pre-championship performance ranking points to determine the competitive seeds.

This follows the new ranking series that was announced during the 2017 World Championships in Paris. Turkey’s Selahattin Kilicsallayan is the top seed (50 points) in the 65 kg class weight category while Ilias Bekbulatov from Russia and the Indian grappler are positioned second and third respectively and Haji Aliyev from Azerbaijan is stationed fourth in the seeding list. (AGENCIES)



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