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Asian Games 2018: Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold

Aug 20, 2018 12:44 IST
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Bajrang Punia won the gold medal in the 65 kg category of freestyle wrestling event after beating Japan’s Daichi Takatani in the final. Punia outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov 13-3, winning by technical superiority, in the first round. He followed that up with another gallant show in the quarter-final as he subdued Tajikistan’s Abdulqosim Fayziev 12-2 to storm into the last four. He was in his elements again in the semi-final bout as he overpowered Mongolia’s Batmagnai Batchuluun 10-0 to win his third straight bout via technical superiority.