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.
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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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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