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Yogeshwar has worked on developing champion's attitude in me: Bajrang

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Bajrang Punia, the most outstanding Indian this season with three gold medals, says that he has learnt from his mentor Dutt that conquering big names is the only way to earn a big name.

is in red-hot form having won a gold medal at the and followed it up with victories in in and Yasar Dogu International in

will be India's best for a gold medal at the in in the men's freestyle competition.

"is my role model. He always tells me that 'you can do it, you are the best'. He will never say that if the opponent is an Olympic champion, you can't win. He says 'you have trained well, you are fit, so you can beat anyone. If we beat World Champions, only then the world will acknowledge us and we will make a name'. So, he says beat the bigger guys to make it big. He always keeps morale and motivation level high," Bajrang told in an interaction.

"Now that he has retired, he has ample time to work with me. He is sharing all his experience with me and it is helping me. He has competed in four and he played in same category in which I compete, so this is immensely beneficial for me," added the 24-year old, who is training in Sonepat, fine-tuning his game ahead of Games.

Bajrang, who won a silver at the Incheon Games, said winning three tournaments this season has prepared him well for Games.

"These tournaments have really been good for me ahead of the It has added to my experience. I know which technique I need to use in what situation. I am really confident going into the and will try to implement whatever I have learnt this year. I will give my best," Bajrang, who will compete in 65kg category, said.

bronze medallist said he is well-prepared for Asian Games, having competed in a field which had best grapplers in the world.

"Wrestlers from best Asian countries, except Japan, were there in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Korea were there. In also, world's best wrestlers from Russia, and were there and every one comes to win the gold medal. It was not easy as it was a ranking tournament."

He also made it clear that his real target is to excel at 2020

"Asian Games is a big event and it is a dream to win a gold there. And it's less than two years from now on for the Winning a medal at such a big event will be a good morale booster for the Olympics," he said


Bajrang said the training stints abroad have played a huge role in him becoming a stronger and

"We get good sparring partners when we train abroad. When I was in Istanbul, there were wrestlers from Azerbaijan, Turkey, and and everyday we got to practice with different partners and it does make a difference to your performance," Bajrang, who also trains with Georgian Shako Benitidis, said.

Asked what difference he found in Indian and foreign coaches, Bajarang said, "There's not much difference but you get personal attention when you are training with personal coaches. After Asian Games, I will again train abroad with Shako."

Bajrang was there when Sushil Kumar lost his first bout in four years in Georgia, but he backed the celebrated Indian will bounce back.

"Win and defeat is part and parcel of the game. You can't perform at high level all the time. I had seen that bout and there were some mistakes but I am sure Sushil bhai will come back stronger in Jakarta.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 16:55 IST
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