Tokyo-bound Bajrang beat Turkey’s Selim Kozan 7-0 in the quarter-final and American Joseph McKenna 6-3 in the semis. He was placed second in the rankings before the event and is now on top of the ranking table in the 65kg category with 14 points.
The new rankings are based on results of this tournament only. So whoever gets on top of the podium will be ranked number one in the world.
Vishal Kaliramana also added to India’s medal tally after he defeated Kazakh Syrbaz Talgat 5-1 in the bronze match of the 70kg category.
Meanwhile, Narsingh Pancham Yadav, lost his bronze medal match 5-0 to Kazakh Daniyar Kaisanov, a two-time Asian champion and a world’s bronze medallist in the 74 kg.
Earlier, Vinesh Phogat and Sarita Mor had won gold and a silver respectively in the women’s event.
Greco Roman wrestlers Neeraj (63kg), Kuldeep Malik (72kg), Naveen (130kg) clinched three bronze medals.
In all, Indian wrestlers bagged seven medals at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series event in Rome. (UNI)