Having come up short in the semi-finals against USA’s David Taylor, India’s Deepak Punia will look to bounce right back during the Tokyo Olympics 86kg freestyle wrestling bronze medal match at the Makuhari Messe Hall on Thursday.
Deepak Punia, who beat Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor in the round of 16 and China’s Lin Zushen in the quarter-finals, will face the winner of the repechage round of his bracket for the bronze medal.
The repechage round from Deepak’s bracket features San Marino grappler Myles Amine and Belarus’ Ali Shabanau – the two wrestlers David Taylor beat before knocking out Deepak Punia.
Ali Shabanau, 31, is a three-time world championships bronze medallist, albeit in sub-80 weight categories. His 86kg division exploits include a silver at the 2019 European Games in Minsk and a couple of bronze medals at the European championships.
Myles Amine, meanwhile, is just 24 but has been consistently winning medals on the European stage for the past couple of years. He has a European championship bronze and silver to his name.
Deepak Punia, 22, is a former junior world champion and a senior world championships silver medallist.
The bronze medal match from the other bracket will involve Artur Naifonov of ROC, the reigning European champion. He will face the winner of the repechage round bout between Uzbekistan’s Javrail Shapiev and Switzerland’s Stefan Reichmuth.
Two bronze medals are awarded in Olympic wrestling.
Deepak Punia’s Tokyo Olympics freestyle 86kg wrestling bronze medal match, schedule and live India start time
All times are India Standard Times (IST)
August 5, Thursday
Myles Amine vs Ali Shabanau - 7:37 AM IST
Bronze medal match
Deepak Punia vs winner of repechage - 4:40 PM IST
Where to watch Deepak Punia’s Tokyo Olympics 86kg wrestling bronze medal match live in India?
Deepak Punia’s 86kg men’s freestyle wrestling bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics will be telecast live on the Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 2 HD, Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels in India.
Sony TEN 3, Sony TEN 3 HD, Sony TEN 4 and Sony TEN 4 HD will broadcast Tokyo 2020 in regional languages.
Live streaming of the Tokyo Olympics wrestling event will be available on Sony LIV. Fans can follow live updates from Tokyo 2020 on Olympics.com