First gold for India in Asian Games 2018 clinched by wrestler Bajrang Punia: Other achievements by him
A ruling Bajrang Punia opened India’s gold award account at the 2018 Asian Games, conveying grins and alleviation to the Indian camp which was shocked by the early exit of star wrestler Sushil Kumar here today. An in-frame Bajrang won his lady Asian Games gold in the 65kg class yet a ‘corroded’ Sushil lost his last opportunity to add an Asiad gold to his accumulation of decorations subsequent to losing his capability session 3-5 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the 74kg classification. Bajrang came into the Games in the wake of winning three competitions – Commonwealth Games, Tbilisi Grand Prix and Yasar Dogu International – and went ahead with his superlative show here. Such was his control that the 24-year-old from Haryana won every one of his sessions, until the last, by specialized prevalence.
He dominated Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold decoration session.
In the last, he was tried by Japan’s Takatani Daichi yet Bajrang held his nerves to win 11-8 of every an energizing fight. He hustled to a 6-0 lead yet the Japanese kept at it and put Bajrang under huge weight. Bajrang imitated his guide Yogeshwar Dutt, who won gold in the last version and is currently one of only a handful few Asiad gold award victors in wrestling.
Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are among Asiad gold champs from India. A great deal was normal from each of the five wrestlers in real life yet Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Pawan Kumar (86kg) became dull early. Pawan got an opportunity to reclaim his battle however lost his repechage round by specialized predominance (0-11) to nearby kid Fahriansyah.
The greatest blow however came when two-time Olympic medallist Sushil, who was exempted from Asiad trails, lost gently. Sushil, champ of a bronze at the 2006 Doha version, was contending at the Games subsequent to skirting the last two releases. The Indian drove 2-1 after the main time frame with a takedown yet the Bahraini made a solid rebound to quietness the Indian fans.
Sushil himself was astounded with his annihilation.
“I didn’t expect this. I didn’t have any enormous rivalry added to my repertoire and that was the primary purpose behind my annihilation. In any case, it’s a piece of the game. I will prepare harder and return,” said Sushil.
“I was not aloof. I attempted. It was only that there was very little time amongst CWG and Asian Games, so I couldn’t contend at greater and better occasions to get ready.”
The London Olympics silver medallist made two chances to score in the second time frame however couldn’t change over them while Batirov did not miss his odds. He drove 3-2 with a takedown and after that drove the Indian out for a win. For Sushil to stay in the award dispute, Batirov expected to make the last. However, the Bahraini lost his quarterfinal session 2-8 to Japan’s Yuhi Fujinami, coming about to Sushil’s exit. Sandeep Tomar, who was the last wrestler to book a billet for the Games through preliminaries, indicated huge guarantee before slamming out in the quarterfinals.