Bajrang wins gold at Asian Wrestling Championships

Prime News, National (New Delhi), May 13:- Bajrang Punia won the first gold medal for India at the Asian Wrestling Championship by defeating Lee Seungchul of South Korea in the final of the men’s 65 kilogram Freestyle division here on Saturday.
Bajrang staged a superb comeback after conceeding the lead to dominate the second and final round and script a comprehensive 6-2 win. Sarita added more cheer for the sizeable home crowd at the KD Jadhav Wrestling Stadium as she took silver in the women’s 58 kilogram category earlier in the day. Sarita lost 0-6 to Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the final. Sarita’s performance added to the best ever showing by Indian women wrestlers at the continental showpiece event as they finished with four silver and two bronze medals.
Bajrang’s performance was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing performance by the Indian wrestlers in the freestyle events so far. Lee took the lead in the fast paced opening period when he took two points with a takedown. That prompted the Indian to go on the offensive and he almost forced a takedown but the hooter announcing the ned of the round saved Lee.
The Indian dominated the second round right from the start. He took his first point with a push out before taking the lead by earning two more points with a takedown. The Haryana grappler continued with his fast, aggressive style forcing the jaded looking Korean to continously defend himself from conceding more points. Bajrang produced another takedown with around 30 seconds remaining prompting the judges to award him two more points. But the Korean coach decided to appeal against the decision with a counter appeal coming in from the Indian coaches. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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