Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins gold in 65 kg at Commonwealth Games, Mausam Khatri wins silver in 97 kg


Gold Coast: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won gold in the men’s 65 kilogram freestyle category while compatriot Mausam Khatri took the 97kg silver at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Friday.

Bajrang needed only around two minutes to overpower Kane Charig of Wales by technical superiority in the final. The Indian came up with a series of awe inspiring performances over the course of his campaign to win all his bouts by technical superiority and win his first major international tournament in style.

Later, Khatri had to be satisfied with silver in his division. Khatri lost to reigning African champion Martin Erasmus of South Africa by technical superiority in the 97kg freestyle final. Khatri was trailing 2-12 when the officials awarded the bout to the South African.

Bajrang however, was in a class of his own in the 65kg section. He had started his campaign with a power-packed display against Brahm Richards of New Zealand. Bajrang executed a couple of two-point moves to go 4-0 up within the first 30 seconds. He then pulled off a gut wrench to flip his opponent over which earned him another four points.

Bajrang almost pulled off a pin but the Kiwi survived somehow with some desperate defending. But another two-point move by the Indian finished off the contest. In the quarter-finals, Bajrang outclassed Amas Daniel of Nigeria, building up a 10-0 lead early in the second round.

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