Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated wrestler Bajrang Punia for winning Gold medal in the Asian Wrestling Championship, a PTI report said. In his congratulatory message the prime minister said the country was proud of his achievement.
“Congratulations to Bajrang Punia for securing the Gold in Asian Wrestling Championship. India is very proud of his exemplary accomplishment,” he tweeted.
Punia got the first Gold medal for the country in the championship after his win over Seungchul Lee of Korea in 65kg freestyle in the national capital today.
Earlier in the day, he became the first Indian wrestler to clinch gold in this year’s senior Asian Wrestling Championship, an Indian Express report said. While competing in the 65kg men’s freestyle category, Bajrang got better of Korea’s Lee Seungchul 6-2 in the final on Saturday to complete the feat.
The Indian wrestler conceded just two points in the first half and was trailing 0-2 at the break. He then made a comeback, not allowing his rival any points while taking three himself. Bajrang then added three more points to seal the bout 6-2.
Along with sarita Mor, Bajrang was one of the two potential gold medallists for India. Even as he won, Sarita had to settle for Silver after losing to Kyrgyztan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova in the women’s 58 kg category. Sarita climbed down two kilograms for the tournament earlier, with Sakshi Malik taking her place in the 60 kg.
In his road to the final, Bajrang beat Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Hasanov 4-3 in the qualifiers. He then went on to win against tournament’s defending champion Meisam Nassiri 7-5.