New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian wrestler Deepak Punia suffered a 10-0 defeat in the men's 86-kg category wrestling semifinal on Wednesday ending his hope for a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Punia was defeated by the USA's David Taylor at the Makuhari Messe Hall A. Taylor defeated Punia and will now contest for either silver or gold on Thursday. Punia was nowhere in the contest and Taylor made light work of the match, and he easily wrapped up the game.
The 22-year-old Punia will now fight for the bronze medal and his opponent will be known later on Thursday after the repechage. Punia was no match for the American, who used his superior technique and aggressive play to romp home to a 10-0 win on technical superiority and secure a place in the final.
Taylor, a former world champion, was quick in attack and exploited the chinks in Punia's armour easily to score points at the Makuhari Messe, and even though the Indian tried his best, he was no match for the American.
A gut wrench, followed by a few flips, was enough to snuff out Punia's challenge of making it to the final here. Punia will now head into the bronze medal bout where he will face the winner of the repechage match between Myles Amine of San Marino and Belarus's Ali Shabanau.
Barring the semis loss, Punia enjoyed a quality outing on his debut at the Olympics. His quarterfinal bout against China's Lin Zushen was the highlight as Punia pulled off a win under pressure. Staring at an early elimination, the Indian managed a two-point takedown in the final 10 seconds for the win.
Though the Chinese bench challenged the validity of the move, the decision was upheld, handing Punia another point for the failed challenge. Earlier, the Indian wrestler had begun his debut Olympic campaign with a commanding 12-1 win over Ekerekeme Agiomor of Nigeria in the opening round.
Posted By: Talibuddin Khan