Wrestler Bajrang wins India’s first gold medal at Asian Games 2018

Wrestler Bajrang wins India’s first gold medal at Asian Games 2018

India’s Bajrang Punia (in red) in action against Japan’s Daichi Takatani in the 65 kg men’s freestyle wrestling final match at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on August 19, 2018.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia today clinched India’s first gold medal in the 18th Asian Games after defeating Takatani Daichi of Japan in the men’s 65 kg freestyle title bout in Jakarta on Sunday.

Bajrang, who came into the Asian Games as favorite to win the gold in this category, beat his Japanese opponent 11-8 in the final bout.

The 24-year-old Indian had won three consecutive gold medals — CWG (Gold Coast), Tbilisi Grand Prix (Georgia) and Yasar Dogu International (Istanbul) — ahead of the Asian Games.