Who is Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia

Who is Bajrang Punia
Who is Bajrang Punia
Bajrang Punia is an Indian freestyle wrestler hailing from Haryana. He is currently ranked number 2 in the 65 kg weight category. He is the only Indian wrestler to have won three medals at the World Wrestling Championship. He added an Olympic medal to his list after winning the bronze medal match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He defeated his opponent 8-0 in the play-off to secure his first Olympic medal. 

The 2020 Games was Punia's first Olympics and he was one of India's brightest propects for medals in Tokyo. 

He has performed well consistently for the past three years at major tournaments. He won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and silver and bronze at the 2018 and 2019 editions of the World Championship. He was among the eight Indian wrestlers who represented India at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
 

Bajrang Punia's early life

Born on February 26, 1994, Punia belongs to Khudan village of Jhajjar district in Haryana. He started wrestling at the age of 7 and was encouraged by his father, who was also a wrestler, to pursue the sport. In 2015, his family moved to Sonepat so that he could join the regional centre of the Sports Authority of India. He is currently employed by the Indian Railways.
 

Bajrang Punia's career

His first major tournament was the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi. He settled for bronze at the tournament after losing to North Korea’s Hwang Ryong-hak in the men’s freestyle 60-kg category. In the World Wrestling Championship 2013, Punia won a bronze medal in the 60-kg category. In 2014, Punia upgraded the colour of his medal to silver at the Commonwealth Games in the men’s 61-kg category. He repeated the performance in the 2014 Asian Games. Again, in 2014, Punia settled for a silver medal at the 2014 Asian Wrestling Championship. At the 2015 World Wrestling Championship, he performed poorly and finished 5th in the tournament. He tasted his first gold medal, finally, after two years at the 2017 Asian Wrestling Championship held in Delhi. He won another gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 in the men’s freestyle 65-kg category. He scored his 3rd gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. He became world number 1 in the 65-kg category after clinching a silver medal at the 2018 World Wrestling Championship. A bronze medal at the 2019 World Championship earned him a ticket to the 2020 Summer Olympics.

 
 

Latest Updates on Bajrang Punia

Will personally invite Bajrang, Vinesh, Sakshi for trials: Sanjay Singh

3 min read Last Updated :Feb 16 2024 | 5:42 PM IST
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Wrestler Bajrang Punia urges world body to reimpose suspension on WFI

2 min read Last Updated :Feb 15 2024 | 5:55 PM IST
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Wrestlers threaten fresh protest after Brij Bhushan's son gets key post

3 min read Last Updated :Feb 15 2024 | 11:52 AM IST
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Sakshi Malik attacks Usha, Mary Kom for not supporting wrestlers' stir

3 min read Last Updated :Feb 11 2024 | 12:58 PM IST
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Sports ministry says it won't recognise events organised by suspended WFI

3 min read Last Updated :Jan 07 2024 | 11:29 PM IST
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Hundreds of junior wrestlers protest against Bajrang, Sakshi and Vinesh

2 min read Last Updated :Jan 03 2024 | 12:56 PM IST
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Wrestling: Bajrang Punia, Antim Panghal and 3 others opt out of Zagreb Open

3 min read Last Updated :Jan 03 2024 | 10:24 AM IST
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Senior national wrestling camps to commence in Patiala, Sonepat from Feb 9

2 min read Last Updated :Jan 01 2024 | 8:23 PM IST
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2023 Wrestlers' Protest: Elite athletes' revolt against system's harassment

8 min read Last Updated :Dec 31 2023 | 11:39 AM IST
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Watch video: Wrestler Vinesh Phogat returns Khel Ratna, Arjuna awards

2 min read Last Updated :Dec 30 2023 | 10:12 PM IST
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Punia urges govt to restart wrestling activities in view of Paris Olympics

2 min read Last Updated :Dec 30 2023 | 1:47 PM IST
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Rahul Gandhi visits 'akhara' in Haryana's Jhajjar, meets wrestlers

2 min read Last Updated :Dec 27 2023 | 10:27 AM IST
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Wrestler Vinesh Phogat to return Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award in protest

2 min read Last Updated :Dec 26 2023 | 11:19 PM IST
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Brij Bhushan, aide Sanjay Singh react on govt's crackdown on WFI amid row

5 min read Last Updated :Dec 24 2023 | 4:16 PM IST
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2 min read Last Updated :Dec 24 2023 | 9:44 PM IST
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Whoever elected as WFI chief, job of athletes' to practice: BJP MP Bidhuri

3 min read Last Updated :Dec 24 2023 | 7:04 AM IST
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After Punia, Deaflympics gold winner Virender Singh to return Padma Shri

2 min read Last Updated :Dec 23 2023 | 4:45 PM IST
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WFI poll row: Bajrang Punia leaves Padma Shri on Kartavya Path pavement

6 min read Last Updated :Dec 22 2023 | 10:32 PM IST
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It's Bajrang's personal decision to return Padma Shri: Sports Ministry

2 min read Last Updated :Dec 22 2023 | 8:02 PM IST
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Bajrang Punia to return Padma Shri in protest over WFI poll outcome

2 min read Last Updated :Dec 22 2023 | 11:27 PM IST
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