New high for Bajrang, becomes world No 1
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.”