Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia kept himself in the medal race by reaching the semi-finals even as three of his compatriots faded in the men's freestyle competition at the World Championship, in Budapest, on Sunday.
The Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist held off a late charge from Mongolia's Tulga Tumur Ochir to register a 5-3 victory in the 65kg quarter-finals.
Bajrang had a comfortable 4-1 lead but conceded points late in the bout, including one for the neutral position and two for takedown at the Papp Laszlo Sport Arena.
The 24-year-old, a bronze medal winner at the 2013 edition, though held nerve to stay in the race for his second medal at the Worlds.
Earlier, Bajrang defeated Roman Asharin 9-4 in the first round and Korea’s Lee Seungchul 4-0 mext.
He will take on Alejandro Enrique Valdes Tobier of Cuba in the semi-finals later on Sunday.
In other bouts of the day, Sandeep Tomar began in stupendous fashion but could not sustain the momentum. He outclassed his Guatemala opponent Jose Mox Arias by technical superiority in the 57kg category but lost the second round to Azerbaijan's Giorgi Edisherashvili.
Sachin Rathi was outplayed 1-13 by Mongolian wrestler Unurbat Purevjav in the 79kg qualification round.
Deepak, competing in the 92kg, lost his pre-quarter-final bout 0-4 to Liubomyr Sagaliuk of Ukraine.