Bajrang Punia Biography
Bajrang Punia (born 26 February 1994) is a freestyle wrestler from India.
Born 26 February 1994 (age 24)
Jhajjar, Haryana, India
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Sport 🤼 wrestling
Coached by : Vinod Kumar
Men’s Freestyle Wrestling
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Budapest 60 kg
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast 65 kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 Glasgow 61 kg
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 65 kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 Incheon 61 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2013 New Delhi 60 kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 Astana 61 kg
Gold medal – first place 2017 New Delhi 65 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Bishkek 65 kg
World U23 Wrestling Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 Bydgoszcz 65 kg
Gold medal – first place 2016 Singapore 65 kg
Gold medal – first place 2017 Brakpan 65 kg
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
Gold medal – first place 2017 Ashgabat 65 kg
Life and family
Punia was born in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana in India.He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father.He has a brother named Harender Singh Punia. In 2015, his family moved to Sonepat for him to attend regional center of Sports Authority of India. He works as Traveling Ticket Examiner (TTE) with Indian Railway and his family has demanded for Deputy superintendent of police post with Haryana Police.
2013 Asian Wrestling Championships Edit
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.
2013 World Wrestling Championships Edit
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 Edit
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.
2014 Asian Games Edit
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. Gold medal (65 kg)asian games=2018 (jakarta)
2014 Asian Wrestling Championships Edit
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.
2015 World Wrestling Championships Edit
Unlike his fellow Narsingh Yadav, Bajrang wasn’t able to win a medal at the tournament in Las Vegas and finished 5th.
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.
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.
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.
2018 Commonwealth Games and 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.
He also won 2018 Asian Games gold medal, defeating Japanes wrestler in final
Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2013 – Silver
Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2015 – Gold
Arjuna Award, 2015