The geniuses would make you work hard to prove them wrong, and in that, they learn, how they can change and become better, and that’s what separates them from our kind, or to be more appropriate, that is what, that makes them unique.
By no standards Bajrang Punia is a conventional, who’s out there to win fan hearts. Bajrang Punia, yes, a name that even sport-fanatics of India might have not prominently heard before the Asian Games. Well after becoming the first Gold Medalist for India in the ongoing Asian Games, Punia has become a household name.
Let’s look at some interesting facts about about him.
● Trained By Olympian :
Punia has been training hard under the supervision of four-time Olympian and Indian wrestling legend Yogeshwar Dutt since his early days and it was Dutt who asked Punia to move to the 65kg category from 61kg as it was not an Olympic category. Punia, alongside Sushil Kumar, was given a green ticket to the Asian Games 2018 without a trial as the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) thought the duo were far more superior than the other domestic competitors in their respective categories.
Coming into Mega event, the wrestler won all his bouts on technical superiority to seal first gold for India in Asiad.
● Turning Silver Medal Into Gold And Setting Up The Benchmark :
Earlier this year in Common Wealth Games, Bajrang delivered a yellow metal in the men’s freestyle 65kg wrapping up Gold dominantly inside the first round.
Followed by another dominant continental success accolade in Asian games winning the bout 11-8 to secure first gold for India in Asiad.
Bettering his previous benchmark performance in mega events where he won silver medals at the 2014 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games .
Thus we can say Gold shines like fire blazing in the night, at the supreme of lordly wealth.
● Change In Tactical And Mental Approach :
After first-round loss in the 2017 World Championships in Paris, He worked in working up in other technical adjustment to track to widen his wrestling skills.
He once quoted,
“I was not enjoying wrestling. I used to go and wrestle and come back. Win or loss didn’t matter. I never checked my mistakes. In a way, I was betraying my sport. I learnt in the last 10 months that wrestling is more than just going out there and fighting with another guy on the mat”.
● Arjuna Award Winner :
In his youth career in junior level to transition period to senior level, he won many accolades for India with impressive and consistent display, leading to win the bronze in the 2013 World Championship, silvers in 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games which made him eligible for the Award. A level with excellence for the year for which the Award is recommended is shortlisted and awarded to him.
● Destined To Be Wrestler At Young Age :
Bajrang Punia started his wrestling career at the age of seven after getting motivated by his father. His family shifted to Sonepat so that Punia could attend the regional center of Sports Authority of India.