first_img India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 13:07 IST India wrestler Bajrang Punia (FIle photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSBajrang Punia opened up a 5-0 lead in the first round after Bienkowski challenged a call and it was rejectedPunia looking to seal a berth for the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsDivya Kakran went down 0-2 in a completely one-sided opening bout against former world champion Sara DoshoWorld No.1 Bajrang Punia kicked off his campaign with a 9-2 win over Poland’s Krzysztof Bienkowski. He opened up a 5-0 lead in the first round after Bienkowski challenged a call and it was rejected. The Polish grappler got 2 points immediately after the restart but Bajrang was never to be denied.The two-time medallist is eyeing his maiden gold at the championship and also looking to seal a berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Bajrang triumphed at all four events he competed this season — Dan Kolov, Asian Championship Ali Aliev and Yasar Dogu — and entered the Championships as the world number one and the top seed in 65kg.In the other match, Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran (68kg) went down 0-2 in a completely one-sided opening bout against reigning Olympic and former world champion Sara Dosho of Japan. However, Kakran still has a chance of entering the repechage round if her opponent makes it to the final.Later in the day, Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik will be competing in the 62kg weight category and will look to make it to the semi-finals on Thursday to assure herself an Olympic berth.Also Read | Hima Das ruled out of Doha World Championships due to back injuryAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Bajrang PuniaFollow World Championships World Championships: Bajrang Punia wins opening bout, Divya Kakran losesWorld No.1 Bajrang Punia embarked his World Championships journey in 65kg with a 9-2 win over Krzysztof Bienkowski whereas Divya Kakran lost her opening bout against reigning Olympic and former world champion Sara Dosho.advertisement Nextlast_img

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