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Bajrang, Vinod assured of at least a silver at U-23 Worlds

Asian champion Bajrang Punia and Vinod Kumar entered the final of their respective weight categories

New Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) Asian champion Bajrang Punia and Vinod Kumar entered the final of their respective weight categories in the men's freestyle event of the U-23 World Wrestling Championship in Poland.

Bajrang defeated Iran's Yones Aliakbar 9-7 in the semifinals of 65kg, while Vinod posted a 2-1 win over a Japanese wrestler in the last-four stage of 70kg to make the gold medal rounds.

Bajrang earlier got the better of Turkey's Yavuz 7-5 in quarterfinals after thrashing Azerbaijan's Ilyasli 5-0.

Bajrang will take on Russian grappler Kuular in the final.

Vinod had beaten Ukrainian Zakariev 5-2 in quarterfinals after blanking Georgia's Mirza 3-0 in his qualification bout.

In the final, Vinod will face USA's Lewis.

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