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World Wrestling Championships 2019 held at Barys Arena in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

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The World Wrestling Championships 2019 was held at Barys Arena in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from September 14-22, 2019. It was organized by the United World Wrestling (UWW). It was a qualifying event for Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics where the top 6 wrestlers from each category qualified for the event.World Wrestling Championships 2019

Key Points:
i. Russia topped the medal tally with 19 medals (9 Gold, 5 Silver, 5 Bronze) followed by United States, Georgia, Japan and Azerbaijan.
ii. India won 5 medals (1 Silver & 4 Bronze). It was ranked 17th in the list of medal table. It was India’s best-ever medal haul at the World Wrestling Championships.
iii. In Men’s freestyle and Men’s Greco-Roman category, Russia emerged as champions and in Women’s freestyle category Japan emerged as champions.
List of Winners:

Category Winner Medal
Men’s 86kg freestyle Deepak Punia Silver
Men’s 65 kg freestyle Bajrang Punia Bronze
Men’s 61kg freestyle Rahul Aware Bronze
Men’s 57-kg freestyle Ravi Kumar Dahiya Bronze
Women’s 53 kg freestyle Vinesh Phogat Bronze

i. Deepak Punia became the fifth Indian to reach the final at the senior World Wrestling Championships. He clinched silver medal by defeating Stefan Reichmuth of Switzerland.
ii. Vinesh Phogat became the fifth Indian female wrestler to win the world award and it was her first World medal. She defeated Maria Prevolaraki of Greece to clinch bronze medal.
iii. Sushil Kumar is the India’s only world champion who had won a gold in the 66 kg in the 2010 World Championship in Moscow, Russia.
iv. Olympic Quota: Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya qualified for 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.

About UWW:
Motto: Welcome to the New World of Wrestling
Formed: 1912
Headquarters: Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland