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Bajrang Punia Wins India's 1st Gold Medal at Asian Wrestling Championships

Asian Wrestling Championships 2019: Bajrang Punia defeated Kazakhstan's Sayatbek Okassov 12-7 in the gold medal bout to win the top prize.

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Updated:April 23, 2019, 7:14 PM IST
Bajrang Punia Wins India's 1st Gold Medal at Asian Wrestling Championships
File image of Bajrang Punia. (Photo Credit: PTI)

Xi'an: World No.1 Bajrang Punia won India's first gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2019 in Xi'an, China on Tuesday with a resounding win in the final.

Bajrang was fighting in the 65kg category and beat Sayatbek Okassov of Kazakhstan 12-7 to bag the top honours.

Bajrang had a brilliant fight in the final where he fought back from a big deficit to eventually take the match and the yellow metal.

At the end of the first period, Bajrang was trailing 2-5 against Okassov and with just 60 seconds to go, Bajrang was down 2-7. However, the world No.1 fought back from there and went on a spree of 10 straight points to win the match 12-7.

Bajrang was a pre-tournament favourite considering his ranking and he stood big on his top billing.

Praveen Rana had to settle for silver in the 79kg category after he lost to 3-0 to Bahman Mohammad Teymouri of Iran.

Satyavrat Kadian, on the other hand, bagged a bronze medal in the 97kg category.

Apart from these two, in the women's event, India's top wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Pooja Dhanda and Divya Kakran are also in contention.

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