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World Wrestling C'ship; Rahul clinches bronze, India finishes with best-ever medal haul

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sep 22 (UNI) Indian wrestler Rahul Aware clinched a bronze medal after thrashing his opponent Tyler Lee Graff 11-4 in the 61kg category bout at the World Wrestling Championship on Sunday.
Aware was down by two points, but he put on a valliant fight to take a 4-2 lead at the break time. In the second round, Aware extended his lead to 10-2 and didn't allowed his American opponent to stage a comeback.
Lee Graff grabbed two points in the dying seconds, but it was too late till then. In the end, Aware outclassed Tyler Lee Graff, the 2017 Pan-America champion, 11-4 to take India's tally to five medals.
Aware was the last Indian in contention at the tournament and his bronze helped India finish with their best-ever medal haul at the World Championships with five medals in Nur-Sultan that includes one silver and four bronze medals.
Aware was fighting for the bronze medal, after he lost his semi-final bout 6-10 to Georgia's Beko Lomtadze in a close-contested bout on Saturday.
He had defeated former Asian champion Rassul Kaliyev of Kazakhstan 10-7 in the quarterfinals, to progress to the last-four.
The Maharashtra grappler had also won a gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and two bronze at the Asian Championships (2009, 2011).
Earlier in the day, India's young wrestling sensation Deepak Punia was forced to settle with silver, after he pulled out of the World Wrestling Championships 86 kg final due to an ankle injury, sustained during the semifinal bout.
Deepak was the fourth Indian wrestler to secure his berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar were the other wrestlers to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in their respective weight categories.
Meanwhile, Punia also became only the fifth Indian to reach the final at the senior World Championships.
After Deepak's loss, two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar remains the only Indian to have won a World Championship title (2010).
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