Yasar Dogu International
On Sunday, at the Yasar Dogu International, our Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia grabbed a gold medal in the 70kg category.
The Indian wrestler did not proceed towards the final match to compete as his Ukranian opponent withdrew from the game because of an injury in the game.
While in the quarterfinals, Bajrang had slammed the Turkish wrestler 15-4 named Mustafa Kaya by technical superiority before winning over Iran’s Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghaei 10-10 in an exciting semi-final.
As a matter of fact, Sandeep Tomar clinched silver medal after being defeated by Iran’s Mohammadbagher Yakhkeshi 3-6 in the finals. Vicky had to settle for bronze in 57 kg category.
In women’s event, Pinki Rani won gold in 55 kg category registering a 6-3 win over Ukraine’s Olga Shnaider in the final bout.
Commonwealth Games silver medalist Pooja Dhanda and Seema won silver in 57 kg and 53 kg category, respectively while Olympic Bronze medalist Sakshi Malik could not reach the medal round in 62 kg category.
In the 72 kg category, Rajni finished second, while Sangeeta Phogat won a bronze medal in 59 kg category.
In conclusion, Indian wrestlers won 10 medals in a three-day tournament which had finished on Sunday.
Bajrang Punia’s previous win
Indian wrestler, Bajrang Punia, won the gold medal at Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia with a 9-3 win over Iran’s Mehran Akbar Nasiriafrachali in the 65kg category final.
He reached the final clash after defeating Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghaei of Iran (3-1) and Russia’s Murshid Mutalimov (6-5) in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively. He overcame Gor Ogannesyan from Ukraine in the pre-quarterfinal, winning 14-4 on technical superiority.
The win shows that Bajrang will be a serious contender to grab medals at the upcoming Asian Games. He will represent India in the 65kg category after Wrestling Federation of India handed him exemption from the trial.
Bajrang Punia’s Achievements
- In the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships which took place in New Delhi, Bajrang grabbed a bronze medal and lost to a South Korean player in the men’s freestyle 60kg category. His opponent in the quarter-finals was Morad Hassan of Iran whom he beat 3-1 to qualify for the semi-finals
- In the 2013 World Wrestling championships Bajrang won the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 60 kg category by qualifying for the bronze medal bout through the repechage round
- At the 2014 Commonwealth games, In Glasgow, he won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category. After losing 1-4 to David Tremblay of Canada.
- In Incheon, South Korea, at 2014 Asian games he won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category. After losing 1-3 to Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran
- 2014 Asian Wrestling Championships, Astana, Kazakhstan, Bajrang won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category. Losing 0-4 to Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran again.
- 2015 World Wrestling Championships, Bajrang wasn’t able to win a medal at the tournament in Las Vegas and finished 5th
- Asian Wrestling Championship held in May 2017, Delhi, He won a gold medal
- In the Pro Wrestling League 2017 which was scheduled from 10th December to 27th December across 6 cities, Punia was the second purchase of the JSW owned Bangalore franchise. The wrestler was claimed for a sum of Rs 29.5 lakhs.
- In CWG 2018 Gold Coast, Australia, he won the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 65 kg category. He overcame Kane Charig of Wales by Technical Superiority to bag the gold.
More about Bajrang Punia
Punia took birth in the Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana in India. He was encouraged by his father and began wrestling at the age of seven. In 2015, his family moved to Sonepat for him to attend the regional centre of Sports Authority of India. He works as Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) with Indian Railway and his family has demanded Deputy superintendent of police post with Haryana Police.
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