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Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia wins first gold medal in Asian Games 2018

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia wins first gold medal in Asian Games 2018

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Aug 2018, 02:51 pm

Jakarta, Aug 19 (IBNS): Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia made the country proud as he clinched the first gold medal of the ongoing edition of the Asian Games here on Sunday.

The Indian wrestler registered a 11-8 victory over Japan's Takatani Daichi in the final of the freestyle 65 kg event.

Punia started the match with a convincing 6-0 lead against the opponent.

Daichi soon reduced the scoreline to 4-6.

However, the Indian showed his class and skill to win the gold medal.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the wrestler and tweeted: "Congratulations @BajrangPunia for the memorable victory in the 65 kg freestyle wrestling. This win is even more special because it is India's first Gold in the @asiangames2018. Best wishes for your future endeavours. #AsianGames2018."

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: "Congratulations to Bajrang Punia for winning India's first gold medal at the #AsianGames2018 We are all very proud of you."


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