The 19-year-old Deepak Punia has stunned the wrestling world with an emphatic entry into the World Wrestling Championship final in the men’s 86kg freestyle competition. Punia romped into the final with a convincing 8-2 win over Stefan REICHMUTH of Switzerland. He is the youngest Indian ever to make it to the finals of the world wrestling championships.
Earlier, Punia by entering semi-finals had booked 4th quota place for India for Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Punia was in his true elements as he first dashed hopes of Adult Davlumbayev, the local wrestler from Kazakhstan and then easily got pass Bakhodur Kodirov of Tajikistan to enter quarterfinals. In the quarter-finals Punia showed brilliant composure to beat Carlos MENDEZ of Colombia in the dying seconds to book Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket and shot at world championship medal.
It is amazing that this boy from Haryana is just 19 and has won almost everything that is to be won in the Junior ranks and now rightfully this talented and stocky built lad has made it to the finals of senior world wrestling championships 2019.
1 Gold & 1 Silver at Junior World Championships
Punia recently won gold at the Junior World Championships in Talinn, Estonia. Deepak defeated Russia’s Alik Shebzukov to win the 86kg junior freestyle title which follows the silver he won in the category in 2018 in Slovakia.
Deepak is the first Indian in 18 years to win a Junior World Championship title.
Gold at the Cadet World Championships
Deepak won the Cadet world championship in 2016 and missed out on a bronze in the junior worlds in 2017.