Wrestling: Bajrang moves to quarterfinal, Seema Bisla loses 50kg opener to Hamdi
Bajrang Punia, the last medal hope for India in wrestling at the ongoing Olympics, moved to the men's free-style 65kg quarterfinals after just about managing to go past Kyrgyzstan's Ernazar Akmataliev in his opening bout, here on Friday.
Since Bajrang had the high scoring move, a two-pointer take down, he was declared winner on criteria.
The Indian will next face Iran's Morteza Cheka Ghiasi.
There hardly any moves in the bout with Hamdi getting two of her three points on push out and one on Seema's passivity.
Seema got on board when she too pushed her rival out after being put on activity clock for a second time.
She now needs the Tunisian to make the final for return to competition through the repechage route.
The Rohtak grappler had not even won a national event till 2017 but went on to secure her berth for the Games by winning the World Olympic Qualifier, held in Sofia in May.
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