With star wrestler Sushil Kumar failing to impress in the ongoing Asian Games 2018 after he was knocked out in the first round, all Indian hopes were on Bajrang Punia to bring the Gold medal home.
Bajrang has been training under the guidance of four-time Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt since his early days as a wrestler. In an interview, Punia revealed that it was the senior wrestler who asked him to step up to the 65kg category because 61kg wasn’t an Olympic category.
And he didn’t disappoint one bit. Punia won his opening bout with technical superiority after taking a 13-3 lead over Uzbekistan’s Khasanov Sirojiddin. In the quarter-final, Punia stamped his authority once again, with a 12-2 win over Tajakistan’s Abdulqosim Fayziev. Punia, then raced into the finals after beating Mongolia’s Batmagnai Batchuluun 10-0.
In the finals, Bajrang beat Takatani Daichi of Japan in the 65Kg category to help India won the first Gold in 2018 Asian Games. He won the bout 11-8.
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In 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships – Bajrang lost 3-1 to Hwang Ryong-hak of South Korea to settle for the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 60 kg category.
In 2013 World Wrestling Championships – Bajrang won the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 60 kg category by qualifying for the bronze medal bout through the repechage round.
In 2014 Commonwealth Games – Bajrang won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-4 to David Tremblay of Canada.
In 2014 Asian Games – Bajrang won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-3 to Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran.
In 2014 Asian Wrestling Championships – Bajrang won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category, losing 0-4 to Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran.
In 2017 Asian Wrestling Championship – Bajrang won a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship held at Delhi.
In 2018 Commonwealth Games – Bajrang won the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 65 kg category.He overcame Kane Charig of Wales by Technical Superiority to clinch the gold.