Bajrang Punia( Men’s Freestyle 65kg) wins the first gold medal for India in Asian Games 2018. He played really well in all five matches to achieve this remarkable feat. In finals, he defeated DaichiTakatani of Japan 11-8. It was a very closely fought finals in which both of them gave their best performance.
As soon as the finals started Bajrang started aggressively and won 6 points in just two minutes of bout. Then Japanese came back strongly to win four points. At the end of first period Bajrang lead 6-4. After the break, Takatani came back strong to get two points in the first minute of the second period. Bajrang with his never die spirit won four points in a row by using Iranian technique to get it. Daichi tried to comeback by a two-point move but India held of challenges with great defensive skills to emerge victorious in the Gold medal match.
Bajrang was at his best throughout the event and defeated all his opponents in earlier rounds by technical superiority. He literally dominated all his opponents in his journey to finals. Bajrang proved his coach Yogeshwar Dutt that his decision was right to send him for the Games. His style was very similar to Yogeshwar and he was very keen to get outright victories over his opponents. Foreign coach played a very important role in improving defensive skills of Indian which proved to very decisive for the final few minutes of finals.
Pawan Kumar ( Men’s Freestyle 86kg) played really well but lost his bronze medal match to Mongolian wrestler. Sandeep Tomar( Men’s Freestyle 57kg) lost his quarterfinal match to an Iranian Wrestler.
Both Mausam Khatri and Sushil Kumar had a bad day in office and lost their matches to lower ranked opponents. Overall it was fairly a decent performance by wrestlers and we can expect them to win more than one medal.