India’s wrestler, Bajrang Punia beats Korea’s Lee Seung-Chul 6-2 to win gold in men’s 65kg freestyle. The 23-year-old Punia fended off Kim Kukgwang of North Korea 7-5 to book his place in the summit showdown. Punia always looked determined and he made the nation proud by clinching a gold in the final.
Bajrang made a brilliant comeback after conceding the lead to dominate the second and final round and script a comprehensive win.Previously in the competition, Bajrang made the final of his weight division with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Kukgwang Kim in the semi-final round.
Later, putting up a brilliant show on his way to the final, Bajrang got the better of last edition’s Asian Championship gold-medalist Meisam Nassiri of Iran 7-5 in the quarter-final after beating Uzbek wrestler Sirojiddin Hasanov 4-3 in the qualification round.
Silver for Sarita Mor
In the women’s department, Sarita Mor, who also entered the gold medal round of 58 kg freestyle, sadly lost 0-6 to Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the final. The Indian wrestler settled for silver. Sarita moved to the finals after defeating her Vietnamese opponent Thi Huong Dao 12-0 (technical fall) in the last-four clash.
Earlier, Rio Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik had to settle for a Silver after losing against Risako Kawai of Japan by 0-10 in the gold medal match of the 60 kg category.
However, looking at the greater side, then the Indian women wrestlers have registered their best ever performance in the current edition of Asian Championship, as they clinched seven medals, which includes one gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
This is the far better performance by Indian eves in comparison to 2003 edition of Asian Championship, as they won only five medals that included two silver and three bronze, in the mentioned edition of the competition.