Jakarta: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia booked his place in the semi-finals of the men’s 65 kg freestyle event after defeating Fayziev Abdulqosim of Tajikistan in the ongoing 18th edition of the Asian Games here on Sunday.
After having a slow start to the quarter-final match, the 24-year-old thrashed Abdulqosim 12-3 by technical superiority to storm into the next round.
Earlier, Punia had defeated Khasanov Sirojjidin of Uzbekistan to reach the quarter final of the ongoing event.
Indian wrestler Sandeep Tomar, another Indian in the fray, lost his quarter-final clash to Iran’s Reza Atrinagharchi 9-15.
Meanwhile, India wrestler Pawan Kumar swept aside Heng Vuthy of Cambodia 8-0 in 86 kg category to book his berth in the quarter-finals of the event.(ANI)