Bajrang Punia won a silver medal in Men’s 65kg. freestyle wrestling final 9-16 World Championship. He lost the match to Japanese teenager Takuto Otaguro in Budapest, Hungary.
Punia went down 9-16 to the Japanese, who at the age of 19, is now Japan’s youngest champion. In the final, Punia was down 0-5 in no time after the start of the bout but did well to come back by just a point 6-7, at the end of the first period. In a close match at the Laszlo Papp sports arena, the 24 years old Bajrang fought but could not break past the solid defense of his opponent. Otoguro was indeed a strong wrestler. A former cadet world champion opened the scoring with a push-out and followed that up with a four-point throw.
Bajrang had become the fourth Indian wrestler ever to reach a World Championships final, winning bouts with control and composure.
Bajrang is proud of his achievement as his impressive journey to the finals, he became the 1st Indian wrestler to win 2 medals, bettering his bronze-winning effort at the 2013 edition in Budapest.
Congratulations to Bajrang Punia.
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