With only three wrestlers competing in the 53kg, Vinesh Phogat had to wrestle with just one rival while in the 62kg, Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi needed two quick bouts to qualify for World Wrestling Championships
Harphul Singh, the reigning national champion, took on the world number one but he could not compete with Bajrang Punia for two full rounds. Harphul suffered a knee injury when the Asian Games gold-medallist got hold of his right leg in the second three-minute period, qualifying for India's World Championship Wrestling Squad.
India won a whopping 227 international medals in July but how many of those will translate into an Olympic gold, silver or bronze in Tokyo 2020? The sports ministry feels India's best chance will be in Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics
Bajrang Punia's success graph has been shooting up since 2014, when he won three silver medals, all in the 61kg category, at the Incheon Asian Games, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Astana.