Deepak Punia reached the men's freestyle 86 kg semifinals on Wednesday. He defeated China's Zushen Lin by 6-3.
He opened up a 3-1 lead but Lin effected a takedown to make it 3-3 and head-on criteria. The referee awarded two points to Deepak for a throw but the Chinese won the challenge. With just 10 seconds to go and Chinese ahead on criteria, Deepak managed to get under Lin and with his strong grip pulled both of Lin's legs in the air and threw him for a two-pointer to clinch the contest. He will now be up against 2018 world champion American David Morris Taylor.
Punia defeated Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor, the African championship bronze medallist, to enter quarter-finals. The Nigerian had the power but Deepak was technically sound and won comfortably.
In the 57kg category, Ravi Dahiya won both his bouts on technical superiority. He will face Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev in the semifinal. The fourth-seeded Dahiya outclassed Colombia's Tigreros Urbano (13-2) in his opener and then outwitted Bulgaria's Georgi Valentinov Vangelov (14-4).
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First Published: IST