Indian Athletes shine – Asian Athletics championships 2019

Indian Athletes shine – Asian Athletics championships 2019

Indian Athletes Shine at the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 which is being  held at Doha, Qatar between April 21 to 24.  Asian Athletics Association is the governing body of athletics in Asia.

India is currently placed fifth in the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 medal table. 

Asian Athletics Championships 2019 :

The  Asian Athletics Championships 2019  is the 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships. It is being held in Doha, Qatar.  During the closing ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar in India, President of Asian Athletics Association (AAA) Dahlan Al Hamad officially handed over the AAA Flag to Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary-General and Qatar Athletics Federation President Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari.

The event is held at the Khalifa International Stadium and will serve as the test event for the 2019 Athletics World Championships which are being held at the same venue.

43 nation’s are participating in the championships.

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) :

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) is the apex body for controlling, promoting and managing sport of Athletics in India and is affiliated to the IAAF, AAA, MYAS and Indian Olympic Association.

As declared in Memorandum of Association of AFI in its Constitution, AFI is responsible to select and control the Indian Athletics Contingent for the Olympics, Asian Games, Common Wealth & SAF Games and various other International competitions under the patronage of IOA, IAAF and other federations/associations.

These Athlete made India proud in Asian Athletics Championships 2019 :

  1. Tejinder Pal Singh Toor  – Men’s Shot put – Gold Medal
  2. Gomathi Marimuthu – Women’s 800m Final race – Gold Medal
  3. Shivpal Singh – Men’s Javelin throw – Silver Medal
  4. Jabir Madari Palliyalil – Men’s 400m hurdles – Bronze medal
  5. Gavit Murali Kumar – Men’s 10000m – Bronze Medal
  6. Poovamma Raju Machettira – Women’s 400m Final – Bronze
  7. Avinash Mukund Sable –  3000m Men’s Steeplechase race – Silver medal
  8. Parul Chaudhary – Women’s 5000m race – Bronze medal
  9. Annu Rani – Women’s Javelin Throw – Silver medal
  10. Swapna Barman – Heptathlon – Silver Medal
  11. Muhammed Anas, M.R.Poovamma, V.K.Vismaya & Arokia Rajiv – 4X400m Mixed Relay team – Silver medal
  12. Sanjivani Jadhav – Women’s 10000m – Bronze medal
  13. Saritaben Gayakwad – 400m hurdles – Bronze medal

Tejinder Pal Singh Toor – Gold medal at Asian Athletics Championships 2019 :

Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, born 13 November 1994 is a shot putter who holds the outdoor national record of 20.75m.

Asian games shot put medal winner tejinder
Gold medal winner

Toor was born on 13 November 1994 in Khosa Pando village in Moga district, Punjab. Hailing from a family of farmers, he switched from cricket to shot put at the insistence of his father.

In June 2017, Toor recorded his personal best outdoor throw of 20.40m at the Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala,  but fell short of the World Championships qualification standard of 20.50m.  In the following month, he won the silver medal at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar with a throw of 19.77m, missing out on the gold medal by 0.03m.

The gold medal which he missed at Bhubaneshwar in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships was won at the  Asian Athletics Championships 2019 at Doha, Qatar. His 1st round throw of 20.22m was enough to get him a gold in the Men’s Shot-put event.

Toor finished eighth in the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 19.42m.On 25 August 2018, Toor won gold at the 2018 Asian Games with a 20.75m throw, breaking the Games Record and the national record.

Gomathi Marimuthu – Gold Medal at Asian Athletics Championships 2019 : 

Gomathi Marimuthu, the 30-year-old middle distance runner from Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, created history yesterday by winning India’s first gold medal in the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

She lost her farmer father to cancer. She struggled with an injury for two years. She lost her coach at the national camp to a heart attack.    But 30 year old Gomathi Marimuthu’s journey to winning India’s first gold at the Asian Athletics Championships is really an epitome of courage and conviction. 

Gomathi clocked a personal best time of 2 minute 02.70 seconds.   A daughter of farmers, for Gomathi, who only began professionally running when she was 20, it’s been ten long years of intense struggle. 

Shivpal Singh :

This 23-year-old won a Silver medal at the Asian championships in Doha with a personal best throw of 86.23 metres. India were represented by two throwers and while Shivpal finished second, Davinder Singh Kang – bronze medallist in the previous edition – finished at the bottom.

The medal was long time coming for someone who took up the sport at an early age. Shivpal was born in a family of javelin throwers and his father was a state-level competitor. His uncle and coach Jagmohan Singh was a 10-time gold medal winner in Services.

Jabir Madari Palliyalil :

Jabir won Men’s 400m hurdles bronzemedal with a personal bet of 49.13 seconds.

Gavit Murali Kumar :

The 21-year-old runner was born in Dang district of Gujarat. He made his debut in 2015 and has been going strong ever since.  This Indian long-distance runner, continued his preparations for the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships as he clinched the bronze medal.  

The long distance runner has been competing on the track ever since 2015 and has slowly progressed over the years. From his debut in 2015 – till now – Murli Kumar has been able to reduce his time for 5000 m by over forty seconds. While for 10000 m, the runner’s exploits and rigorous training have led to a reduction of over a minute.

Murli Kumar is one of India’s better prospects for Athletics in the future, and the 21-year-old will hope that he continues to deliver such performances.

Poovamma Raju Machettira :

She won bronze medal at women’s 400m finals  and a silver in 4x400m mixed relay at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships at Doha, Qatar.

Machettira Raju Poovamma born on 5 June 1990 is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m distance.  As a member of the Indian 4×400 m relay teams she participated in the 2016 Olympics and won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games and 2013 and 2017 Asian championships; individually she won a silver medal in 2013 and a bronze in 2014 at those competitions. She received the Arjuna Award in 2015 for her contributions to athletics.

Poovamma was born to M. G. Raju and Jaji. She completed her primary and higher education in Mangaluru  and acquired her bachelor’s degree in business management from the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Business Management, Karnataka. Her brother MR Manju also competed in the 400 m events at the national level.

Avinash Mukund Sable :

Sable clocked 8 minutes 30.19 seconds to win a silver in men’s 3000m steeplechase, his first international medal in his maiden international competition.

“I just gave my everything in the last 250m. I am really happy to win my first medal for the country,” he said.

Sable’s rise has been remarkable as he shifted from cross country to steeplechase in 2017. He was with Belarusian coach Nikolai Snesarev when he created his earlier national record during the National  Open Championships. He then parted ways with Nikolai and  trained with Army coach Amrish Kumar.

Maharashtra’s Sable, who is currently a havildar in the Army, had trained earlier under Kumar. 

Parul Chaudhary :

The 24-year-old Parul gave India the second medal as she finished third in women’s 5000m race, clocking a personal best of 15 minutes 36.03 seconds. She bettered her earlier personal best of 15:58.35 which she had clocked during the Federation Cup last month.

Annu Rani :

Annu Rani,  born on 28 August 1992 in Meerut is  a Javelin thrower and is the current national record holder. She is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, a not-for-profit  foundation that identifies and supports Indian athletes.

Rani, with a throw of 58.83 metres (193.0 ft) at the 2014 National Inter-State Championship in Lucknow,  broke the national record previously held by Furmeet Kaur, With this throw, she qualified for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with the selection criteria being 58.46 metres. At the event, she finished eighth, with a best of 56.37 meters in the final.

In the same year, at the Asian Gamesin Incheon, South Korea.  She won the bronze medal with a throw of 59.53 meters, bettering her own national record. She Born in Jatt Farmer Family in Dabthuwa Village of Meerut.

In Bhubaneswar in Odisha  at the  2017 Asian Athletics Championships, Rani took a bronze medal with a throw of 57.32m.

The 26-year-old Annu, who had won a bronze in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar, hurled the spear to a best distance of 60.22m to grab the silver. China’s Lyu Huihui won the gold with an effort of 65.83m at the Khalifa Stadium.

Annu’s performance was, however, more than 2m short of her national record shattering effort of 62.34m during the Federation Cup at Patiala last month, which earned her a berth in the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October.

Swapna Barman :

Swapna Barman won the silver in the heptathlon with 5993 points at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships.

Swapna Barman, born on 29th October 1996 is a heptathlete. She won the gold medal at 2018 Asian Games and was placed first in the Heptathlon at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships. She is supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Program.

Barman was born in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal in 1996. She is unusual in having six toes on each foot. Her mother Basana worked on a tea estate and her father, Panchanan Barman, was a rickshaw driver. and is bed-ridden after having suffered a stroke in 2013, making life tricky for his four children. She found it difficult to find the right food and her unusual feet caused her pain because she could not afford extra wide running shoes.

Swapna uses her prize money to look after her family who live in a house without a concrete wall. In 2016 she won a scholarship of 150,000 rupees in recognition of the success she had at athletics. She currently trains at the Sports Authority of India campus at Kolkata.

Sanjivani Jadhav :

Sanjivani Baburao Jadhav, born on 12th July 1996 is a long-distance athlete at 5000 m and 10,000 m. She won a bronze medal at 5000 m at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships.   She won a bronze medal at the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships with a record timing of 32:44:96 seconds.

Jadhav was born in Nashik. She attended Bhonsala Militry college where she combined her ambition for sport with that of becoming a civil servant. She was identified as an outstanding athlete and supported by SportsNest who nurture sports athletes. In 2013 she won three medals at the 1st Asian School Athletics Meet. She came second in the 2016 Delhi marathon.

She is coached by Vijender Singh who trained Kavita Raut.  In 2018 she took a bronze medal in the 8 km event as part of the Asian Cross Country Championships in Guiyang.

Sanjivani received the Shivchhatrapati Award in 2018.

Saritaben Gayakwad :

Saritaben Laxmanbhai Gayakwad born  on 1st June 1994  is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m  hurdles.  She was part of the Indian Women’s 4×400 m relay team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games.

Gujarat Govt. has selected her as a brand ambassador of Gujarat State Poshan Abhiyan.

Gayakwad was born on 1 June 1994 in a tribal family in Kharadi Amba village, Dang District, Gujarat. She represented her state in national level kho kho competitions till 2010, before making the switch to sprinting.

Gayakwad was selected in the Indian women’s 4x400m relay team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. She thus became the first track and field athlete from the state to be selected for the Commonwealth Games.

The quartet of Gayakwad, M.R.Poovamma, Hima Das and V.K.Vismaya clocked 3:28.72 in the final to clinch the gold medal.

She won a bronze medal with a record of 57.2 seconds at the 400m hurdles at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships.

Mohammed Anas:

Mohammed was part of 4x400m mixed relay team which won silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletes championships at Doha, Qatar.

Mohammad Anas Yahiya, born 17 September 1994 is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m distance. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics  in the 400 m. and the 4×400 m relay and holds the national record (45.31) in the 400 meters, which he set at the 2018 Czech Athletics Championships.

At the 2018 Asian Games, Anas won three silver medals, in the individual 400 m, and men’s 4×400 m and mixed 4×400 m relays. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games he placed fourth in the 400 m, while his men’s 4×400 m failed to finish.

Anas took up athletics at the Style Sports Academy in Nilamel. He initially trained in the long jump  and changed to 400 m by chance, when his school team was looking for a last-minute replacement for a 400 m competition. His younger brother competed in the long jump at the 2017 World University Games.

C.K.Vismaya :

Vismaya was part of the Indian 4x400m mixed relay team which won silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships.

Velluva Koroth Vismaya, born 14 May 1997 is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m. She was part of the Indian Women’s 4×400 m. relay team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian games.

Arokia Rajiv :

He was part of the Indian 4x400m mixed relay team which won silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships at Doha, Qatar.

Arokia Rajiv, born 22nd May 1991 is an Indian sprinter who specializes in the 400m distance. He won silver medals in the men’s and mixed 4×400 m relays at the 2018 Asian Games and placed third in the individual 400 m in 2014. He won medals in both the 400 m and 4×400 m events at the 2016 South Asian Games and 2017 Asian Championships. He competed in the relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Rajiv was born in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu in a poor family. He studied at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School  Lalgudi  and St. Joseph’s College Tiruchirappalli.

Rajiv began his career as a long jumper before taking to 400m.  At the 2014 Asian Games, he won the bronze medal, clocking 45.92 seconds in the final.[4] In the process, he bettered his previous best of 46.13 seconds, which he had achieved at the National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow in June 2014.

Mary Kom in World Boxing Championship final

Mary Kom in World Boxing Championship final

Mary Kom in World Boxing Championship finals is representing India. She is a  five time world champion  who beat North Korean Kim Hyang Mi in 48 Kg category.

Mary Kom is a five time world Amateur Boxing champion and only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.  The 35 year old Mary beat her counterpart in semifinals with a score of 5-0 unanimously.

The finals will be on 24th November 2018.  Mary Kom will fight against Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota.  The 22 year from Komsomolsk defeated Madoka Wada of Japan 5-0 in the Semi-finals to enter finals. Earlier this year in a tournament in Poland Mary had defeated Hanna.

On reaching semifinals on 20th November, Mary Kom became the most successful woman boxer in the boxing history.  If Mary wins a gold, she will match Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful boxer in the world championship.

North Korea’s Kim Hyand started off rapidly in the 1st round with a lot of punches against Mary Kom.  Kim was defeated by Mary in the Asian Championship last year in Ho Chi Minh City.

Mary Kom found the fight harder but managed to get a hold from the 2nd round and rebounded in her unique way.  It was a tough battle but Mary made it.

She has won a lot of awards and medals for her contribution to the world of Boxing.

Mary Kom’s awards and Recognition:

  • The International Boxing Association (AIBA) awarded Mary Kom with the first AIBA Legends awards for “promising boxing career.
  • The International Boxing Association (AIBA)  announced Mary Kom as the brand ambassador for 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
  • Padma Bhushan (Sports), 2013
  • Arjun Award (Boxing), 2003
  • Padma Shri (Sports), 2006
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
  • People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries Real Heroes Award.
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
  • ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009
  • International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 (TSE 30 July 2009 Thur)
  • Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award.

Mary Kom is also the first amateur athlete to win the Padma Bhushan.


Amit Panghal, win gold medal in Boxing at Asian games

Amit Panghal, win gold medal in Boxing at Asian games

Amit Panghal (born 16 October 1995) is an Indian amateur boxer.   Panghal was in Mayna village of Rohtak district, Haryana. His father Vijender Singh is a farmer in his village, while his elder brother, Ajay, who works in the Indian Army,  inspired him to take up boxing in 2009.

As of March 2018, Panghal works for the Indian Army as a Junior Commissioned Officer.

Boxer Amit Panghal got past the Olympic Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov to win a gold medal in Boxing in Men’s 49kg category.  Panchal took revenge from Dusmatov after later defeated him in world championships in Germany’s Hamburg 2017. Earlier this year, Panghal won gold at Strand memorial in Bulgaria and inaugural Indian open

Congratulations to Amit Pangal on his victory.

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Silver medal to India in Men’s 400x4m. relay at  Asian games

Silver medal to India in Men’s 400x4m. relay at Asian games

The men’s 4×400 m team ran their hearts out to bag a silver (3:01.85s) with Japan (3:01.94s) finishing close on their heels. Qatar, who were the clear favorites to left everyone chasing their shadows with a sublime 3:00.56 secs. on the clock.

For the Indians, Kunhu Muhammed began proceedings with the first lap before the baton was passed to 2018 Asiad 400 m hurdles silver medallist Dharun Ayyasamay. Bu the time the baton reached Anas, Qatar was pulling away. The Indian team was placed fourth at that time. India seemed out of medal contention just when their fastest runner Mohammed Anas took over. The Indian team was placed fourth at that time but the Kerala runner maintained a steady pace to pass two runners and in his final stretch, took off to put India just behind the race leaders. It was up to Arokiya Rajiv, who was part of the 2014 squad that finished fourth, to keep Japan at bay. Rajiv did not give up despite a stiff challenge from Shota Iizuka and ensured the silver meal was sealed for the Indian team.

Congratulations team for winning the medal.

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Jinson Johnson bags Gold in Men’s 1500m at Jakarta

Jinson Johnson bags Gold in Men’s 1500m at Jakarta

The Indian athletics contingent ended its Asian games campaign with a best-ever show since 1978 with Jinson Johnson bagging gold at Jakarta.

Jinson Johnson (born 15 March 1991) is an Indian middle-distance runner who specializes in the 800 and 1500 meters event. He participated in the 800 m event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In 2018 Commonwealth Games he finished fifth setting a new national record in the 1500 mts. by breaking the 23-year-old record of Bahadur Prasad.

Jinson Johnson clocked 3:44.72 sec to claim the top honors ahead of Iran’s Amir Moradi, who turned in a timing of 3:45.62 sec., his season’s best effort.  Johnson earlier won a silver in the 800m event. Bahrain’s Mohammed Tiouali clocked 3:45.88 sec. ending with a bronze. Johnson was among the front-runners right from the start while Tiouali took the early lead. However, Johnson powered away towards the end and the Bahrain athlete was not able to match the Indian’s explosive speed.

Congratulations to Jinson Johnson for getting gold.

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Manjit Singh waiting to meet his 4 months old son

Manjit Singh waiting to meet his 4 months old son

Quietly going about his business in the men’s 800 meters race, Manjit ended India’s 36-year wait for an Asian Games gold medal in the event.  Standing atop the podium with the national anthem running in the background, Manjit was the perfect embodiment of a winner who had overcome almost everything life threw at him to rightfully secure his piece of glory.

The journey for Manjit Singh was never easy.  He is been running. Running for a job for the last 2 years.  His contract with ONGC was not signed after 2015.  He has no permanent job.  He has applied for a job with the State Government several times but to no avail.  When he was not undergoing strenuous training at Ooty and Bhutan, he would return home once a year to help his father on the farm and takes care of cattle in their native village, Ujhana, in the Jing district of Haryana.

Surrendering himself to his coach Kumar, Manjit forgot life as it was. He left his family in Jing and found a new home in his training camp. Such was his commitment to the sport and will to turn things around that Manjit visited his home in Jind only once a year. His busy schedule also meant that Manjit would have to stay away from his five-month-old son Abir who is yet to see the face of his father.

Neither he nor his coach went to their homes for nearly a year.  He is been involved in training for the Asian games, such has been his schedule that he couldn’t meet his five-month-old son, Abhir. But his spectacular win now ends the long wait for the father-son duo who hasn’t met since Abhir was born.

All the best Manjit Singh for your future achievements.

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Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan clinch gold in tennis doubles at Jakarta

Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan clinch gold in tennis doubles at Jakarta

Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinched another medal for  India at the Asian Games 2018 and the first one in tennis, winning the gold medal.

It was a solid start for Bopanna and Sharan! They had a hold comfortably before breaking their Kazakhi opponents to take a 2-0 lead in the first set.

Bopanna served out a love hold to clinch the first set 6-3 in just 25 minutes!  Bopanna and Sharan restored their lead in the second set to take a 4-3 lead in the men’s doubles final event.

The Indian top seeds attacked Aleksandr Bublik – Denis Yevseyey of Kazakhstan in the men’s double event, cruised to a 6-3,6-4 win in just 52 minutes.  The duo stayed compact and wasn’t shy of attacking right from the beginning.  In contrast, Bopanna and Sharan’s easy camaraderie shone through in the match and they displayed near-perfect on-court coordination.  Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament.

Congratulations to duo top seeds for getting gold.

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Indian team bags gold in Quadruple sculls at Indonesia

Indian team bags gold in Quadruple sculls at Indonesia

“Gold Morning India”.  What a great start to the day!    Indian rowers Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh clocked 6:17.13 to win gold in Men’s Quadruple Sculls.

The Indian team finished with a time of 6:17.13 while Indonesia and Thailand finished with timings of 6:20.58 and 6:22.41 respectively. This is the first time that India has medalled in the quadruple sculls event, which was introduced in 2014.

This is only India’s second gold medal in rowing at the Asian Games. Bajrang Lal Takhar had won the first in the men’s singles event in 2010.

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Rahi Sarnobat wins gold at Asian Games in 25 m Pistol shooting.

Rahi Sarnobat wins gold at Asian Games in 25 m Pistol shooting.

Rahi Jeevan Sarnobat (October 30, 1990)  is a female athlete from India who competes in the event of 25 meters pistol shooting.

Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a shooting gold at the Asian Games after winning the 25m pistol event in Palembang.   Two shoot-offs to decide the gold medal but the Indian Rahi Sarnobat held her nerve and got the gold in the end.

Sarnobat shot a score of 34 in the final to tie with Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon who won silver after a shoot-off while South Korea’s Kim Minjung won bronze with a score of 29.  This is easily the biggest medal of her career.

Sarnobat had first shot to prominence after winning a gold medal at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune in the same event. She also won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, when she won the 25m pistol pairs event with Anisa Sayyed besides a silver in the individual event.

Congratulations Rahi Jeevan Sarnobat on your achievement.

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Vinesh Phogat brings home Gold in Wrestling, Jakarta Asian Games 2018.

Vinesh Phogat brings home Gold in Wrestling, Jakarta Asian Games 2018.

Vinesh Phogat (born 25 August 1994) is an Indian Wrestler who comes from a successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Common Wealth Games medalists as well.  Vinesh is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s ‘s younger brother Rajpal Phogat from Haryana. Balali village in Bhiwani in Haryana is the most famous village which has created many sports talent.  Wrestling coach Mahavir Phogat has a major contribution in this regard.

Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in both Common Wealth Games at Gold Coast and now in the Asian Games at Jakarta. Vinesh Phogat created history by winning first-ever gold at Asian games in freestyle wrestling. Her coach is Woller Akos from Hungary.    She outclassed Yuki Irie of Japan 8-2 in the 50kg category.  Showing impressive skill and composure Vinesh executed her game plan astutely.

According to Vinesh, it was “a phenomenal feeling to see all the hard work, sweat and long hours spent on the mat paying off”.

Congratulations Vinesh Phogat for winning gold in the Asian Games.
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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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