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Deepak Punia withdraws from World Wrestling Championships final, settles for silver

Deepak Punia. Photograph:( IANS )

ANI Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Sep 22, 2019, 01.01 PM (IST)

Indian wrestler Deepak Punia has withdrawn from the final of the World Wrestling Championships with an ankle injury.

"I am a bit disappointed that I can't fight for gold but I am happy with my overall performance here. I will work hard and the aim is to win a medal in the Olympics," Deepak said on Sunday.

Deepak was scheduled to face Iran's Hassan Yazdani in the finals in the 86-Kg category. Now, he has to settle with a silver medal.

The pugilist on Saturday reached the finals of the World Wrestling Championships after defeating Swiss grappler Stefan Reichmuth by 8-2.

Earlier, Deepak secured an Olympic berth after he entered the semi-finals of the tournament. He had defeated Colombia's Carlos Izquierdo 7-6 to enter the semi-finals.

India now has four Olympic quotas from the championships including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, and Ravi Kumar.