Bajrang Punia Wins Gold at Asian Wrestling Championship
The Times Of India
Apr 26, 2019

Bajrang Punia is all set to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He won his 8th Gold Medal, in a recent championship.

Bajrang Puniya is a 25 year old freestyle wrestler from Haryana, India.

He has taken part in the Asian Wrestling Championship held in Xi’an, China. In the championship of 2017, Bajrang had won the gold medal but in 2018, he won the bronze.

Before he left for the championship, Bajrang Punia, told the media that he had perfected his skills under his coach Shako Bentinidis.

On 23rd April, in the 65kg, mens freestyle final, Punia wrestled with Sayatbek Okassov.

Okassov was the 2018 Asian Games Gold medallist, from Kazakhstan.

Bajrang was very close to losing with a score of 2-7.

In the last 70 seconds in a thrilling counter-attack, he struck the Kazakhstan wrestler with a leg attack, along with a mixture of three different types of moves. He finally won with a score of 12-7.

In 2019, Punia proved himself again by winning the gold medal again.

Bajrang said that his next target was to win the world championship. This would help him to qualify for the Olympics.

He said that his coach Shako, always reminds him to maintain his intensity to the end, and to be aggressive.

Bajrangs mentor, Yogeshwar Dutt,said that Bajrang performed excellently. He was proud of him, and said that he was one of the best wrestlers in the second period.