Bajrang Punia

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Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia (born 26 February 1994), from village Khudan, tah & distririct Jhajjar, Haryana, is a freestyle wrestler from India. He was awarded Arjuna Award, 2015

Life and family

He was born in a Punia Jat family. He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father.[1]

Career

2013 Asian Wrestling Championships:

In New Delhi, India, in the semi-final bout, Bajrang lost 3-1 to Hwang Ryong-hak of South Korea to win the bronze medal in the men's freestyle 60 kg category.

In the Round of 16, he faced Shogo Maeda of Japan, beating him 3-1. His opponent in the quarter-finals was Morad Hassan of Iran whom he beat 3-1 to qualify for the semi-finals.[2]

2013 World Wrestling Championships:

In Budapest, Hungary, Bajrang won the bronze medal in the men's freestyle 60 kg category by qualifying for the bronze medal bout through the repechage round. There, he met Enkhsaikhany Nyam-Ochir of Mongolia and beat him 9-2.

In the Round of 32, he faced Vladimir Dubov of Bulgaria who beat him 7-0. With the Bulgarian grappler qualifying for the final bout, Bajrang then faced Shogo Maeda of Japan and earned a walkover. His next opponent was Ivan Guidea of Romania and with a 10-3 win over the Romanian, Bajrang earned a spot in the bronze medal bout.

2014 Commonwealth Games:

In Glasgow, Scotland, he won the silver medal in the men's freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-4 to David Tremblay of Canada.

In the Round of 16, Bajrang faced Sasha Madyarchyk of England and beat him 4-0. He faced Marno Plaatjies of South Africa in the quarter-finals and won 4-1. The Nigerian wrestler, Amas Daniel, was his opponent in the semi-finals and overcame him in a 3-1 scoreline.[3][4]

2014 Asian Games:

In Incheon,South Korea, he won the silver medal in the men's freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-3 to Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran.

In the Round of 16, he faced Tuvshintulga Tumenbileg of Mongolia and beat him 3-1. His quarter-finals opponent was Farkhodi Usmonzoda of Tajikistan whom he beat 4-1 to qualify for the semi-finals. He was assured of a medal when he beat Noriyuki Takatsuka of Japan 4-1 in the semi-finals.[5]

2014 Asian Wrestling Championships:

In Astana, Kazakhstan, Bajrang won the silver medal in the men's freestyle 61 kg category, losing 0-4 to Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran.

In the Round of 16, Bajrang met Seung-Chul Lee of South Korea whom he beat 3-1. In the quarter-finals, he faced Noriyuki Takatsuka of Japan whom he beat 3-1 to qualify for the semi-finals. There he met Nazmandakh Lhamgarmaa of Mongolia whom he beat 3-1 to assure himself of a medal.[6]

2015 World Wrestling Championships

Unlike his fellow Narsingh Yadav, Bajrang wasn't able to win a medal at the tournament in Las Vegas and finished 5th.[7]

In the Round of 32, he met Batboldyn Nomin of Mongolia who beat him 10-0. With the Mongolian qualifying for the final bout in the 61 kg category, Bajrang got a chance to contest in the Repêchage round. His first opponent in the repêchage round was Reece Humphrey of USA whom he beat 6-0 easily. The second repêchage opponent was Beka Lomtadze from Georgia who put up a fight but was ultimately overcome 13-6 by the Indian. Unfortunately, he fell at the last hurdle, drawing the bronze medal bout 6-6 but his opponent Vasyl Shuptar of Ukraine scoring the last point.[8]

Asian Wrestling Championship 2017 - In 2017 May, he won a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship held at Delhi.[3]

Pro Wrestling League - Bajrang was the second acquisition of the JSW owned Bangalore franchise in the auction conducted in New Delhi. The wrestler was picked up for a sum of Rs 29.5 lakh.[11]

The Pro Wrestling League was scheduled to be held from 10 December to 27 December across 6 cities.[12]

2018 Commonwealth Games - In Gold Coast, Australia, he won the gold medal in the men's freestyle 65 kg category.He overcame Kane Charig of Wales by Technical Superiority to clinch the gold.

Asian Wrestling Championship 2017

Asian Wrestling Championship 2017: Gold Medal

Pro Wrestling League:

Bajrang was the second acquisition of the JSW owned Bangalore franchise in the auction conducted in New Delhi. The wrestler was picked up for a sum of Rs 29.5 lakh.[9]

The Pro Wrestling League is scheduled to be held from the 10th of December to the 27th of December across 6 cities.[10]

CWG 2018: Bajrang Punia storms to wrestling gold, silver for Pooja Dhanda

Ref - Times of India, 13.4.2018

India's gold rush at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has continued with Bajrang Punia delivering a 17th yellow metal in the men's freestyle 65kg while Pooja Dhanda has won silver in the women's 57kg freestyle on day nine of competition at Gold Coast, Australia.

Teenaged wrestler Divya Kakran, who claimed medals at the Asian and Commonwealth Wrestling Championships last year, has marked her first appearance at the Commonwealth Games by winning bronze in the women’s 68kg freestyle event. India's last wrestling medal contest of the day ended up in a silver medal finish after Mausam Khatri lost 2-12 to Martin Erasmus of South Africa in a one-sided contest.

Bajrang Punia, who won a 61kg silver four years ago at the Glasgow Games, turned in an utterly dominating performance against Kane Charig of Wales, whom he defeated 10-0 in just over two minutes.

Bajrang Punia had stormed into the final of the men's freestyle 65kg event with wins over New Zealand's Brahm Richards, Nigeria's Amas Daniel and Canada's Vincent de Marinis. In the showdown with Charig, the 24-year-old wrapped up gold inside the first round.

Bajrang won the highest accolade for Indian wrestling last year, a 65kg freestyle gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi, for which he was crowned Wrestler of the Year at the third Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Awards (TOISA) in February. On his way to the summit, Bajrang had beaten the previous Asian Championship gold-medalist Meisam Nassiri 7-5 in the quarter-finals.

His second gold of the year came at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, where he beat Daichi Takatani of Japan, and there was also a silver medal at the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship - his first at world level in an Olympic weight category.

In the other gold medal fight, Pooja Dhanda won silver in the women's 57kg freestyle after losing her final match against Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World Championship medalist Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria.

Pooja Dhanda was at her fighting best during her bout as she had almost turned it around in the last 30 seconds. Trailing 1-6, Dhanda almost got the job done with a near pinfall but Odunayo was lucky to survive.

The 24-year-old from Gudana in Haryana's Hisar district had earlier turned down an offer to play three-time CWG medalist Babita Kumari in Hindi cinema's all-time grosser Dangal to stay focused on her wrestling career.

2018 Asian Games

On August 19th, he won the Men's freestyle 65 kg /Gold medal. He defeated Japanese Wrestler Takatani Daichi 11-8; the score was locked at 6-6 after the first round.

Awards

  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2013 - Silver[11]
  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2015 - Gold[12]
  • Arjuna Award, 2015[13]

Arjun Award- 2015

He was awarded Arjun Award- 2015 in Wrestling.

बजरंग एक साल में तीन मेजर टूर्नामेंट में मेडल जीतने वाले भारत के पहले रेसलर

बजरंग पूनिया ने वर्ल्ड रेसलिंग चैंपियनशिप में रविवार 21.10.2018 को सिल्वर मेडल जीता

संदर्भ - दैनिक भास्कर,23.10.2018

बजरंग को एक महीने पहले खेल रत्न के लिए नहीं चुना गया था तो वे इस बात से नाखुश हुए थे। फिर विवाद से उबरते हुए वर्ल्ड चैंपियनशिप में मेडल जीतने का लक्ष्य रखा। अपनी तैयारी को मजबूत करने 20 दिन पहले ही हंगरी पहुंच गए। वहां 10 डिग्री के आस-पास तापमान था। इसके लिए खुद को तैयार किया। और नतीजा सिल्वर मेडल जीता। मेडल को लेकर बजरंग ने भास्कर से यह बातें कहीं-

बजरंग ने इससे पहले एशियाड और काॅमनवेल्थ में गोल्ड मेडल जीते थे

बजरंग पूनिया ने वर्ल्ड रेसलिंग चैंपियनशिप में रविवार 21.10.2018 को सिल्वर मेडल जीता। उन्हें फाइनल में जापान के ताकुतो ओटेगुरो ने 16-9 से हराया। बजरंग ने 2018 कॉमनवेल्थ गेम्स और एशियन गेम्स दोनों में गोल्ड मेडल जीते थे। वे एक साल में तीन मेजर टूर्नामेंट में मेडल जीतने वाले भारत के पहले रेसलर बन गए हैं। फाइनल में जापान के ताकुतो ने आक्रामक शुरुआत की। पहले 30 सेकंड में ही वे 5-0 से आगे हो गए थे। इसके बाद बजरंग ने वापसी की और लगातार पॉइंट बनाए। तीन मिनट के पहले राउंड के बाद बजरंग 6-7 से पीछे थे। इसके बाद जापानी खिलाड़ी ने कोई मौका नहीं दिया और लगातार पॉइंट बटोरे और 12-6 की बढ़त बना ली। छह मिनट के मुकाबले में बजरंग कभी भी बढ़त नहीं बना सके। 19 साल के ताकुतो ने मुकाबला 16-9 से जीता।

घरवालों ने लाइव मुकाबला नहीं देखा: बजरंग के भाई हरेंद्र ने बताया कि घर में किसी ने लाइव मैच नहीं देखा। मैच से पहले बजरंग ने कहा था कि वे फाइनल में पूरा दमखम लगाएंगे। भारतीय टीम के कोच रहे कृपाशंकर बिश्नोई ने कहा कि बजरंग पूरे टूर्नामेंट में आक्रामक खेले। इसका उन्हें फायदा मिला।

खेलरत्न नहीं मिला तो मेडल जीतने का लक्ष्य रखा, जो पूरा हुआ : बजरंग


जवाब : यहां के तापमान के हिसाब से शरीर को ढाला। इस दौरान यहां के लोकल पहलवानों से भी मुकाबला खेला। 2013 में मैंने यहीं पर पहली बार वर्ल्ड चैंपियनशिप में ब्रॉन्ज मेडल जीता था। यह मेरे लिए फायदेमंद रहा।


जवाब : खेल रत्न अवॉर्ड नहीं मिलने के बाद मैं निराश था। क्योंकि मैं इस रेस में सबसे आगे था। इसके बाद मैंने लक्ष्य रखा कि वर्ल्ड चैंपियनशिप में मेडल जीतूंगा। इस बार मैं यहां मेडल का रंग बदलने में कामयाब रहा। अगला लक्ष्य ओलिंपिक गेम्स में मेडल जीतना है।


जवाब : इसके लिए मैं खुद लगातार मेहनत कर रहा था। टीम के कोच, योगेश्वर दत्त के अलावा टीम के अन्य साथी हमेशा मुझे प्रोत्साहित करते रहे। कॉमनवेल्थ और एशियाड में गोल्ड मेडल जीतने के बाद सबको उम्मीद थी कि मैं यहां भी मेडल जीतने में कामयाब रहूंगा।

जापान के पहलवान (रेड ड्रेस में) ने शुरुआती 30 सेकंड में 4 अंक का दांव लगाकर बढ़त बना ली थी।

References

  1. "Glasgow 2014 - Bajrang Bajrang Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com
  2. "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de.
  3. "Bajrang Kumar wins bronze at World Wrestling Championships". CNN-IBN. Sep 17, 2013.
  4. "Bajrang wins bronze at World Wrestling Championships". The Times of India. Sep 17, 2013.
  5. "Athletes_Profile | Biographies | Sports". www.incheon2014ag.org.
  6. "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de.
  7. "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de.
  8. "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de.
  9. "JSW bag Narsingh at Pro Wrestling League auction - Times of India". The Times of India. 2015-11-04.
  10. "Pro Wrestling League: Yogeshwar Dutt gets Rs 39.7-lakh offer, Sushil Kumar Rs 38.2 lakh - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. 2015-11-04.
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  12. "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de.
  13. "JSW-supported Bajrang Punia and Babita Kumari receive Arjuna Award". www.sportskeeda.com.

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