Bajrang Punia

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Bajrang Punia
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1994-02-26) 26 February 1994 (age 24)
Jhajjar, Haryana, India
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Sport Wrestling
Event(s) Freestyle
Coached by Shako Benitidis

Bajrang Punia ( born 26 February 1994 ) is a freestyle wrestler from India.

Life and family[edit]

Punia was born in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India.[2][3] He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father.[4] In 2015, his family moved to Sonepat so that he can attend a regional centre of Sports Authority of India. Currently, he works in Indian Railways on the post of TTE (Travelling Ticket Examiner). His family has wished for position Deputy superintendent of a police post in Haryana Police.[3]


2013 Asian Wrestling Championships[edit]

In New Delhi, India, in the semi-final bout, Bajrang lost 3-1 to Hwang Ryong-hak of South Korea to win the bronze medal in the men's freestyle 60 kg category.

In the Round of 16, he faced Shogo Maeda of Japan, beating him 3-1. His opponent in the quarter-finals was Morad Hassan of Iran whom he beat 3-1 to qualify for the semi-finals.[5]

2013 World Wrestling Championships[edit]

In Budapest, Hungary, Bajrang won the bronze medal in the men's freestyle 60 kg category by qualifying for the bronze medal bout through the repechage round. There, he met Enkhsaikhany Nyam-Ochir of Mongolia and beat him 9-2.

In the Round of 32, he faced Vladimir Dubov of Bulgaria who beat him 7-0. With the Bulgarian grappler qualifying for the final bout, Bajrang then faced Shogo Maeda of Japan and earned a walkover. His next opponent was Ivan Guidea of Romania, and with a 10-3 win over the Romanian, Bajrang earned a spot in the bronze medal bout.

2014 Commonwealth Games[edit]

In Glasgow, Scotland, he won the silver medal in the men's freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-4 to David Tremblay of Canada.

In the Round of 16, Bajrang faced Sasha Madyarchyk of England and beat him 4-0. He faced Marno Plaatjies of South Africa in the quarter-finals and won 4-1. The Nigerian wrestler, Amas Daniel, was his opponent in the semi-finals and overcame him in a 3-1 scoreline.[6][7]

2014 Asian Games[edit]

In Incheon, South Korea, he won the silver medal in the Men's freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-3 to Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran.

In the Round of 16, he faced Tuvshintulga Tumenbileg of Mongolia and beat him 3-1. His quarter-finals opponent was Farkhodi Usmonzoda of Tajikistan whom he beat 4-1 to qualify for the semi-finals. He was assured of a medal when he beat Noriyuki Takatsuka of Japan 4-1 in the semi-finals.[8]

2014 Asian Wrestling Championships[edit]

In Astana, Kazakhstan, Bajrang won the silver medal in the men's freestyle 61 kg category, losing 0-4 to Masoud Esmaeilpour of Iran.

In the Round of 16, Bajrang met Lee Seung-Chul of South Korea whom he beat 3-1. In the quarter-finals, he faced Noriyuki Takatsuka of Japan whom he beat 3-1 to qualify for the semi-finals. There he met Nazmandakh Lhamgarmaa of Mongolia whom he beat 3-1 to assure himself of a medal.[9]

2015 World Wrestling Championships[edit]

Unlike his fellow Narsingh Yadav, Bajrang wasn't able to win a medal at the tournament in Las Vegas and finished 5th.[10]

In the Round of 32, he met Batboldyn Nomin of Mongolia who beat him 10-0. With the Mongolian qualifying for the final bout in the 61 kg category, Bajrang got a chance to contest in the Repêchage round. His first opponent in the repêchage round was Reece Humphrey of the USA whom he beat 6-0 easily. The second repêchage opponent was Beka Lomtadze from Georgia who put up a fight but was ultimately overcome 13-6 by the Indian. Unfortunately, he fell at the last hurdle, drawing the bronze medal bout 6-6 but his opponent Vasyl Shuptar of Ukraine, scoring the last point.[10]

Asian Wrestling Championship 2017[edit]

In 2017 May, he won a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship held at Delhi.[3]

Pro Wrestling League[edit]

Bajrang was the second acquisition of the JSW owned Bangalore franchise in the auction conducted in New Delhi. The wrestler was picked up for a sum of Rs 29.5 lakh.[11]

The Pro Wrestling League was scheduled to be held from 10 December to 27 December across six cities.[12]

2018 Commonwealth Games[edit]

In Gold Coast, Australia, he won the gold medal in the men's freestyle 65 kg category. He overcame Kane Charig of Wales by Technical Superiority to clinch the gold.

2018 Asian Games[edit]

On August 19th, he won the Men's freestyle 65 kg /Gold medal. He defeated Japanese Wrestler Takatani Daichi 11-8; the score was locked at 6-6 after the first round. [13]


  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2013 - Bronze[14]
  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2015 - Gold[15]
  • Arjuna Award, 2015[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "India dominates". The Hindu. 7 November 2016. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  2. ^ Saini, Ravinder (31 July 2014). "Silver medallist Bajrang's native village erupts in joy". The Tribune. Tribune News Service. Archived from the original on 3 March 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Wins gold medal in Asian Wrestling Championship; father seeks DSP’s post for grappler, The Tribune, 14-May-2017
  4. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Bajrang Bajrang Profile". Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  5. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  6. ^ "Bajrang Kumar wins bronze at World Wrestling Championships". CNN-IBN. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  7. ^ "Bajrang wins bronze at World Wrestling Championships". The Times of India. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  8. ^ "Athletes_Profile | Biographies | Sports". Archived from the original on 2014-10-04. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  9. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  10. ^ a b "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  11. ^ "JSW bag Narsingh at Pro Wrestling League auction - Times of India". The Times of India. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  12. ^ "Pro Wrestling League: Yogeshwar Dutt gets Rs 39.7-lakh offer, Sushil Kumar Rs 38.2 lakh - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  13. ^ "Wrestler Bajrang Punia brings India first Asian Games gold". The Indian Express. 2018-08-20. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  14. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  15. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  16. ^ "JSW-supported Bajrang Punia and Babita Kumari receive Arjuna Award". Retrieved 2015-10-30.