India’s ace grappler Bajrang Punia lived upto the hype and picked up country’s first gold in the ongoing Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang. The young wrestler picked up the historic gold in the men’s freestyle 65 kg category. He defeated Japan’s Daichi Takatani 11-8 on Sunday to bag the top honours.
He again showed his superiority taking a 6-0 lead before the Japanese made it 6-4 at half-time. Both the players displayed world class wrestling. Soon after the break, the Japanese brought things to equal terms. It was 6-6 before Punia again came back in the lead 8-6. The Indian finally bagged gold with an 11-8 win.
The 24-year-old Punia is also hailed as the able successor of former Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt. The Haryana-born has learned tricks and traits of the sport under the guidance of Yogeshwar.
Earlier, Punia, who won a silver at the previous Asian Games in Incheon, won all his bouts today on technical superiority. During his semi-final, he stuck to the move that has served him well all day today, the leg hold and it saw him sail through to the finals.
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Punia was so ruthless in his semifinal bout that he ended up injuring Batchulunn, who ended up with a cut on the side of his eye in the middle of the bout and needed treatment. But the winner of three international gold medals this year did not allow his fiery nature to drop as he beat his opponent 10-0.
Apparently, he started wrestling when seven and surely this is his biggest achievement.