India’s first gold @ Asian Games 2018 by Bajrang Punia

India’s first gold @ Asian Games 2018 by Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia (born 26 February 1994) is a freestyle wrestler.  Punia was born in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana.  He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father.

Bajrang Punia has bagged the country’s first gold medal of the 2018 Asian Games held at Jakarta Palembang.  He outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchelor (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout. The final against Daichi Takatani of Japan was a close-fought encounter but Bajrang Punia managed to win with an 11-8 scoreline.

Bajrang Punia, who came into the Asian Games as favorite to win the gold in this category, beat his Japanese opponent in the final bout.  The 24-year-old Indian had won three consecutive gold medals — Common Wealth Games (Gold Coast), Tbilisi Grand Prix (Georgia) and Yasar Dogu International (Istanbul) — ahead of the Asian Games.  He is also an  Arjun Award winner.

Congratulations Bajrang Punia for the memorable victory in the 65 kg. freestyle wrestling.  Kudos for clinching India’s first Gold at Asian games 2018.  We are proud of you.  Best wishes for your future endeavors.

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