The 24-year-old Haryana’s Bajrang Punia, who has won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship, has become the world No. 1 in the 65 kg category of men’s freestyle wrestling. Punia topped the United World Wrestling (UWW) rankings.
Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia on 10.11.2018 touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65 kg category.
Punia was born in a Jat family in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India. He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father. Currently, he works in Indian Railways on the post of TTE (Travelling Ticket Examiner).
Bajrang is comfortably leading the table and Cuban Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier is a distant second with 66 points. Russia’s Akhmed Chakaev (62) is in third place and the new world champion Takuto Otoguro (56) is at number 4 followed by Turkey’s Selachattin Kilicsallyan (50). Bajrang had won a close semifinal against Tobier in the Budapest Worlds.
Interestingly, Bajrang is the lone male Indian to figure in top-10 but the country has five female wrestlers who are in top-10 bracket in their respective categories.
Punia credits his Georgian coach Shako Benitidis and mentor Dutt with his success.