Wrestler Deepak Punia (Photo/SAI Media Twitter)
Wrestler Deepak Punia (Photo/SAI Media Twitter)

Deepak Punia withdraws from World Wrestling Championship final, settles for silver

ANI | Updated: Sep 22, 2019 12:59 IST

Nur-Sultan [Kazakhstan], Sept 22 (ANI): Indian wrestler Deepak Punia has withdrawn from the final of the World Wrestling Championship with an ankle injury.
"I am a bit disappointed that I can't fight for gold but I am happy with my overall performance here. I will work hard and the aim is to win a medal in the Olympics," Deepak said on Sunday.
Deepak was scheduled to face Iran's Hassan Yazdani in the finals in the 86-Kg category. Now, he has to settle with a silver medal.
The wrestler on Saturday reached the finals of the World Wrestling Championship after defeating Swiss grappler Stefan Reichmuth by 8-2.
Earlier, Deepak secured an Olympic berth after he entered the semi-finals of the tournament. He had defeated Colombia's Carlos Izquierdo 7-6 to enter the semi-finals.
India now has four Olympic quotas from the championship including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, and Ravi Kumar. (ANI)