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Deepak Punia: The Indian wrestler who never gave up

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Deepak Punia: The young Haryana wrestler established such a name for himself at such a young age that he will be regarded as an inspiration to many young people across the country. He won the Asian Junior Championship gold medal at the age of 20, and a year later, he made his country proud again by securing a silver medal in the World Junior Championships.

Deepak Punia is an Indian freestyle wrestler who competes in the 86 kg weight class. Deepak has been making headlines and is being regarded as one of the country’s best wrestlers.

He has ascended to the top of the 86kg weight class standings. He now has 82 points, four more than Hasan Yazdani of Iran, the previous top-ranked wrestler.

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Deepak Punia is one of four Indian wrestlers who have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

About Deepak Punia

Details
Full Name
Deepak Punia
Age
22 years
Sport Category
Wrestling
Event
86 kilogram category
Date of Birth
19 April 1999
Hometown
Jhajjar, Haryana
Height
183 c.m. 6'1"
Weight
86 kg
Coach
Virender Kumar, Satpalji
Ranking
world no. 2 in the 86 kilogram category.
Achievement
Silver medal at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in the freestyle 86 kg category. UWW World Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year.
Networth
$1 Million – $5 Million
Spouse
Unmarried
Parent
Father: Subhash Punia. Mother: Krishna Punia
Alma Mater
Local village school

Deepak Punia Early Life & Family

Deepak Punia was born in Haryana’s Jhajjar region. Wrestling is always an alternative for individuals in Jhajjar village. Subash Punia, Deepak’s father, is a dairy farmer who used to take the young Deepak to dangals. Deepak began his wrestling career at the age of five at an akhara led by Arjuna Awardee Virender Singh Chhara in his hometown. Throughout his career, his father has been quite supportive.

Subash Punia, his father has been traveling 60 kilometers to his training location every day since 2015 to feed him milk and bananas. Deepak is a disciplined wrestler, which he inherited from his father. His father has worked hard for his job, and his success on Deepak’s mat has improved his family’s financial situation. Since he was seven years old, Deepak has been making his family proud.

Deepak Punia chose wrestling as a profession in order to ensure a better life for his family. He was offered a position as a sepoy in the Indian Army. Late that year, Sushil Kumar encouraged Deepak not to settle for minor things and to dream big in life. He also asked him to emphasize wrestling. Deepak Punia took his advice and began working hard for his wrestling career. Within three years, Deepak had won several major titles in his age group.

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Deepak Punia Wrestling Career

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Deepak Punia toured Chhatrasal Stadium in 2015, which is primarily famed for wrestling training. At the stadium, he began his training with legendary wrestler Guru Satpalji. Deepak then competed at the World Cadet Championship but did not win a medal.

He won the Sub-Junior World Championship the same year. Deepak subsequently chose to compete for the title of Junior World Champion. He competed in the World Junior Championship three times. He did not get a medal the first time, a silver medal the second time, and a gold medal confidently the third time.

Deepak won the gold medal in the 86kg division at the Asian Junior Championships in 2018. He won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships the same year.

Deepak Punia earned bronze at the Asian Championships in 2019. He also represented India at the World Junior Championship, where he won a gold medal. Deepak Punia was then invited to compete in the World Championship 2019 in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Deepak was unable to compete at the World Championship suffering from an ankle issue. Hasan Yazdani, an Iranian wrestler, won gold against Punia in the 86 kg world championship. He was awarded a silver medal, however, he collected 82 points during the game, which was more than the winner.

Deepak Punia also won the world title in the 86 kg weight class. Deepak beat Carlos Arturo Izquierdo Mendez to earn India’s fourth Olympic qualifier for Tokyo 2020.

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Some lesser-known facts of Deepak

  • Deepak does not smoke and does not consume alcohol.
  • In 2018, Deepak earned six medals at the world level in wrestling.
  • Deepak’s birthplace, Chhara, is a wrestling hub 83 kilometers from Delhi.
  • Before the Junior World Championship, he qualified for the Senior World Championship.
  • Deepak’s father used to sell milk in his village when he was younger. However, following Deepak’s training in Delhi, he began bringing a nutritious meal from Haryana, including milk, curd, and butter daily.
  • Deepak has won several prizes, including silver, gold, and bronze, across several different locations. He has also represented India at numerous international events.

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Deepak Punia Medals

  • Gold and a silver medal at the World Junior Championships.
  • Silver medal at the World Wrestling Championships in 2019.
  • Two bronze medals at the Asian Games.
  • Gold at the World Cadet Championships.

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