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Deepak Punia loses to David Taylor in his semi-final bout; to compete in bronze medal match

LIVE scores, updates & commentary from Deepak Punia v David Taylor Olympics 2021 wrestling semifinal
Updated: 04 August 2021 15:50 IST - Published: August, 04 2021 02:12 PM IST
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Deepak Punia will be in action tomorrow post the repechage round match. He'll be hoping to clinch a bronze medal for his country. 

Join us back tomorrow as we witness Deepak Punia is action to bag a bronze medal for his nation. Until then, we take your leave. Goodbye!
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Well, so Deepak Punia has failed to make it to the gold medal match, but the Indian grappler will in the bronze medal match. His opponent is yet to be decided. He'll play against the winner from the repechage round.

Deepak Punia won his first two bouts against his Nigerian and Chinese opponents, respectively. He won the first match by technical superiority and the second game by a margin of three points. The Indian wrestler lost his semi-final bout against David Taylor by technical superiority as he lost the match 10 - 0.  
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Not the best outing for Deepak Punia as he fails to get a single point to his tally in the semi-final bout. 
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The American grappler gets all ten points in the first period and doesn't allow his opponent to score a single point. 
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USA's David Taylor moves another brilliant move and wins the semi-final bout by technical superiority.

David Taylor 10 - 0 Deepak Punia
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A small mistake from Deepak Punia helps Taylor earns six points and takes a good lead in the game.

David Taylor 7 - 0 Deepak Punia
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Deepak Punia has 30-seconds to make an acitivity. He fails to do so and David Taylor earns a point. 
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The referee is giving some instructions to both players. 
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One minute up, and the scores remain 0-0.
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Taylor straight into the offensive move! He tries to get hold of Deepak Punia's leg but the Indian is cleaver enough as he defends himself. 
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Both players shake hands, and the referee blows the whistle. We're underway!
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David Taylor and Deepak Punia enter the arena. They are followed by their coaches, and we're just a min away from the action to begin. 
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A tough contest is on the cards for Deepak Punia. Stick around with us as the Indian wrestler will be in action very soon. 
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We're just a few mins away from witnessing Deepak Kumar in action!
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Both players will compete on Mat B
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We're done with the 57kg semi-final matches. One more match to go! Post that, we'll witness our very one Deepak Punia in action. 
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David Taylor's ranking in the last few events
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This will be David Taylor's first appearance in the Olympics, as he failed to qualify during the 2012 and 2014 editions of the mega quadrennial event. 
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As we wait for Deepak Punia's bout to begin, let's run you through a few details you need to know about his opponent:

David Taylor is one of the most prolific names in the men's freestyle category and a fan favourite. The American grappler was named the Magic Man as he's known for his excellent comebacks in the game. He usually stays a point or two behind in the game but bounces back with ease and emerges victorious. 

Speaking of their previous meetings, the two players have never met each other in the past and will face each other for the first time today.
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USA's David Taylor defeated Belarus' Ali Shabanau by technical superiority. He scored 11 points, while his opponent failed to add a single point to his tally during their 1/8 Finals match. The American player registered another victory by technical superiority. He scored 12 points, while San Mario's Myles Amine managed to pick only a couple of points. 

Taylor is coming off two technical superiority's win and has the upper hand in the sem-final bout against Deepak Punia.
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Deepak Punia defeated Ekerekeme Agiomor 12 - 1 in his pre-quarterfinal bout. He won the match by technical superiority! In his quarter-final fixture against China's Lin Zushen, the Indian pulled off a stunner in the last few minutes of the game to register a 6 - 3 win over the opponent. 
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Hello & Welcome to Sportskeeda's live blog for today's wrestling 86kg category semi-final match between Deepak Punia and American wrestler David Taylor. 

Both players will compete in the wrestling men's 86kg category. India's Deepak Punia is up against a tough opponent and will have to give it his all if he wants to get to the gold medal. David Taylor is a strong contender watch out for in this match as he'll be eyeing nothing lesser than gold.

Well, sit back and relax as we bring the live coverage of the event.
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