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Bajrang Punia wins India’s first wrestling gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2022

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Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins gold medal for India at CWG 2022© AFP

Bajrang Punia won India its first gold medal in the sport of wrestling at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 as he defeated Lachlan McNeil of Canada in the men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling final.

Bajrang is an Olympic bronze medalist (Tokyo 2020) and has another gold and a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games to his name.

He has one silver and two bronze medals in the World Championships.

Bajrang started his Commonwealth Games career with a silver medal in the 61kg category in Glasgow in 2014. He won a silver medal at the Asian Games in Incheon the same year.

He moved up to the 65kg category in 2018 and won gold at the CWG in Gold Coast followed by the Asiad gold medal in Jakarta.

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The biggest moment of his career came in 2021 when he became an Olympic medalist by winning a bronze medal in Tokyo.

It was a technically correct match with Bajrang in the final as he defeated Canada 9-2.

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