New high for Ba­jrang, be­comes world No 1

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htsportsmax - Press Trust of In­dia sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Star In­dian wrestler Ba­jrang Pu­nia touched a new high on Satur­day by achiev­ing the num­ber one rank in the world in the 65kg cat­e­gory.

The 24-year-old Ba­jrang, who has won five medals this sea­son, in­clud­ing CWG and Asian Games gold and a sil­ver at the World Cham­pi­onship, was placed atop the rank­ing ta­ble with 96 points in the UWW list.

Cuban Ale­jan­dro En­rique Vlades To­bier is a dis­tant sec­ond with 66 points.

It has been a remarkable sea­son for Ba­jrang, who was also the only In­dian grap­pler to be given a seed­ing at the Bu­dapest World Cham­pi­onship.

“Every ath­lete nur­tures the dream to be world num­ber one in his ca­reer. But If I had be­come num­ber one with a World Cham­pi­onship gold, it would have been bet­ter,” Ba­jrang said.

“I will try to re­tain this world No. 1 num­ber rank with a World Cham­pi­onship gold next year.”

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