Another day and another glory for India at the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia as wrestler Bajrang Punia turned his Glasgow silver to gold to acquire top honour in the men’s 65 kg freestyle category by defeating Kane Charig of Wales with a resounding 10-0 score at the Carrara Sports Arena 1.
His medal took India’s gold tally to 17, still keeping the nation in the third position with 36 medals, behind Australia and England. Punia started his campaign on Friday morning against New Zealand’s Brahm Richards with a domination 10-0 win.
Advancing to the quarters, he inflicted similar score against Nigeria’s Amas Daniel, who had defeated in 2014 CWG edition as well.
Up next was a formidable opponent in the form of Canada’s Vincent de Marinis, but Punia seemed leas bothered as he bagged eight points in the first period and then two more in the second to power to a yet another emphatic 10-0 win.
In the first period of the final, Punia bagged four technical points effortlessly and stood just two points away from the prestigious gold. All of 24, Punia hails from Khudan village of Jhajjar district in Haryana.
He had earlier bagged the silver medal, but in men’s freestyle 61 kg category where he lost 1-4 to David Tremblay of Canada.>