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Bajrang Punia wins India's first gold medal at 2018 Asian Games

Indian prowess on the wrestling mat! Wrestler Bajrang Punia (24) won India's first gold medal at the 18th edition of the Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Bajrang Punia wins India's first gold medal
  • In the men's freestyle 65 kg final event, he defeated Japan's Takatani Daichi by 11-8 score.
  • It was Bajrang's maiden gold medal and overall second medal in Asian Games after he had earlier won a silver medal in 2014 Asian Games (Incheon, South Korea) in the men's freestyle 61 kg category.

Who is Bajrang Punia?

  • Bajrang is a freestyle wrestler from India. 
  • He hails from Haryana.
  • At present, he is India's fastest, most powerful and focussed grappler.
  • He works as a Traveling Ticket Examiner (TTE) with Indian Railway.
  • Ahead of 2018 Asian Games, he had won three consecutive international gold medals- Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast), Tbilisi Grand Prix (Georgia) and Yasar Dogu International (Istanbul).
  • In 2013, he had won a bronze medal (third place) in the World Championships held in Budapest (Hungary) in the 60 kg freestyle category.

Another interesting thing to note:

  • Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar were the first Indian athletes to win medals in 2018 Asian Games.
  • Both had won bronze medals in the mixed team rifle shooting event.

Question:

Q. Who has won India's first gold medal at the 18th edition of the Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia?
a. Shooter Bajrang Punia
b. Weight Lifter Bajrang Punia
c. Wrestler Bajrang Punia
d. None of the above
Bajrang Punia wins India's first gold medal at 2018 Asian Games Bajrang Punia wins India's first gold medal at 2018 Asian Games Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on August 22, 2018 Rating: 5

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