It has been a busy day for Indian contingent at Tokyo Olympics 2020, especially in the sport of wrestling. After Vinesh Phogat bowed out of this year's event in quarter-finals once again, all the hopes were on the shoulders of Ravi Kumar Dahiya to secure India's first-ever gold medal at the Summer Games in Tokyo. However, he failed at the final hurdle and had to settle for a silver medal.
Just a few minutes later, there was hope of a second medal for India in wrestling this year on Thursday as Deepak Punia was set to feature in bronze medal match in men's freestyle 86kg event. The 22-year-old was only one win away from securing another medal for India in what was a thrilling few minutes for the Indian wrestling contingent in Tokyo.
Deepak Punia loses bronze medal match at Tokyo 2020
The Indian wrestler was up against San Marino's Myles Amine and it was always going to be a tricky fight for the bronze medal. Punia held his nerves and bounced back from Wednesday's loss to lead against his opponent but lost the game 2-4.
Road to finals at Tokyo 2020
Deepak Punia had an impressive outing on Wednesday where he completely dominated his first two matches to make his way through to the final 4 of men's freestyle 86kg event. The 22-year-old was however outplayed in the semi-finals and was defeated by USA's David Taylor by technical superiority.
1/8 Final - Deepak Punia beat Ekerekeme Agiomor (Nigeria) by SUP
1/4 Final - Deepak Punia beat Lin Zushen (China) by 6-3
Semi-finals - Deepak Punia lost to David Taylor (USA) by SUP