Commonwealth Games 2022: Wrestler Bajrang Punia has retained his gold medal in wrestling at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022. Punia defeated Canada’s Lachlan McNeil in the men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling final.
Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Punia, who won gold medal four years ago in Gold Coast, came out with aggressive intentions and did not allow his young Canadian opponent much chances, forcing two takedowns in the first period itself to go 4-0 up.
The Canadian was a bit too defensive in the first period but launched a good attack at the start of the second period to reduce the margin to 2-4. But Punia, a World No 1 in his division, was up to the task and effected two one-leg takedowns to widen the margin again. He got another point when he pushed his opponent out of the bout area with another one-leg hold.
“I am very happy with my performance here. I had come here to win the gold medal and did that. It’s nice to win gold medal because I am participating n an event of this stature fir first time after coming back from an injury i suffered during the Tokyo Olympics,” Punia said after his victory.