Bajrang Punia is one of the top wrestlers in India. The Haryana grappler has been in excellent form in recent years and will be seeking to maintain his dominance on the mat in Tokyo.
Bajrang would be eager to finish on the podium after winning medals in practically all of the major events, cementing his status as one of India’s top wrestlers. On that topic, here are a few facts about the grappler that you probably didn’t know.
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#1 Bajrang Punia began wrestling at the age of seven
Bajrang Punia comes from a poor family in Haryana. His father was a wrestler and wanted his son to pursue the sport. At the tender age of seven, Bajrang started wrestling in an akhada. In 2015, he moved to Sonepat with his family to attend a regional center at the Sports Authority of India.
You are not going to win overnight, it will require all your heart, hard work and consistency! pic.twitter.com/b90AuqyqgG— Bajrang Punia 🇮🇳 (@BajrangPunia) June 16, 2021
#2 Bajrang Punia has WC, CWG, Asiad medals
Bajrang Punia has racked up many medals in his career that include a silver and two bronze medals at the World Championships. The Harayana wrestler won gold at the Asian Championships in 2017 and 2019 and has a total of seven medals from that competition, including three silver and two bronze medals.
Bajrang impressed everyone with his stunning display at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as he grabbed the gold in the 65kg category. He followed that up with yet another top podium finish at the Asian Games that same year.
#3 Bajrang Punia is very active on social media
Bajrang Punia is one of the most active wrestlers on social media. The grappler has 239k followers on Instagram and keeps sharing his training videos and other things happening in his life. He is also very active on Twitter and has over 139k followers there.
#4 Bajrang Punia’s Whatsapp display image
Bajrang Punia is very confident about his chances of winning gold in Tokyo. The grappler has put up a display picture of a gold medal with Tokyo 2020 written over it, which shows his confidence and willingness to win.
While talking about the gold medal display picture to India Today, Punia said:
“I had put this DP in 2016 and since then this is my DP. It has been 5 years since this has been on my display. My target is Tokyo because it comes first, I can’t keep 2024 as my target as 2020 comes first. My target is Tokyo and the medal displayed on my DP, I pray to God that the color remains the same when I step foot on the mat at the Games.”
#5 What is Bajrang Punia’s current world rank?
The grappler competes in the 65kg category which is considered to be one of the toughest in wrestling. Bajrang is currently ranked second in the category, only eight points behind America’s Joseph Christopher McKenna.
He was ranked world number 1 until March. But post that the Indian decided to train in Russia prior to the Olympics and skipped the ranking series in Poland, which means that he would be ranked second going into the Olympics.