Bajrang Punia gave India its first gold medal as he registered a come-from-behind victory over Seungchul Lee of Korea in men's 65kg freestyle on the penultimate day of the Asian Wrestling Championship 2017 on 13th May 2017. After registering a fabulous 6-2 win, Bajrang celebrated by taking a victory lap with the tri-colour on his shoulders. Bajrang, who has been mentored by Olympic bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, made a dramatic comeback in the second round of the contest to win the title. After trailing by two points in the opening three minutes, the Indian was more aggressive in the second round, unleashing counterattacks to which his rival had no response. Bajrang Punia, born on 26 February 1994 in Jhajjar, Haryana is a freestyle wrestler from India. He was born in a jat family. He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father.
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated Shri Bajrang Punia for securing the Gold in Asian Wrestling Championship. “Congratulations to Bajrang Punia for securing the Gold in Asian Wrestling Championship. India is very proud of his exemplary accomplishment.” , the Prime Minister said.