Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold medal

India won the First Gold in Asian Games 2018: Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold medal

Asian Games 2018: Today India won the First Gold in Asian Games 2018 Bajrang Punia claimed India’s first gold medal on the first day of the Asian Games 2018 as he beat Japan’s Daichi Takatani 11-8 in the final of Men’s Freestyle 65 kg category.

India won the First Gold in Asian Games 2018

Bajrang Punia claimed India’s first gold medal on the first day of the Asian Games 2018 as he beat Japan’s Daichi Takatani 11-8 in the final of Men’s Freestyle 65 kg category. It came as a big relief for Indian wrestling after Sushil Kumar’s early exit.

He raced to a 6-0 lead against the Japanese but Takatani kept Punia in immense pressure. However, Punia’s opponent could not get the better of the champion, who did brilliantly throughout the tournament, winning all his bouts by technical superiority till the final.

Earlier, Punia beat Batmagnai Batchuluun of Mongolia by 10-0 in Men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling semifinals to advance to the final on technical superiority. He will now wrestle with Japan’s Daichi Takatani for the men’s 65 kg freestyle for gold.

Punia had entered the semi-final taking a 12-2 lead and winning by technical superiority over Abdulqosim Fayziev of Tajikstan in the 65 kg freestyle quarter-final. In Punia’s campaign opener, he had dominated in the second and third round to lead Sirojiddin Khasanov of Uzbekistan 13-3 and win by technical superiority.