Bajrang Punia bags Gold in Ali Aliyev Wrestling Tournament

Bajrang Punia bags Gold in Ali Aliyev Wrestling Tournament

03 May 2019

Quick News: Bajrang Ounia Won the Gold Medal after defeating Viktor Rassadin 13-8 in the final of men’s 65kg freestyle in the Aliyev Wrestling Tournament in Kaspisk, Russia. This is his second title in two weeks. Earlier o April 23, Bajarang won gold in the same category in the finals of the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China.


World number one Bajrang Punia on May 2, 2019, won the gold medal after defeating Viktor Rassadin 13-8 in the finals of men’s 65kg freestyle in the 2019 Ali Aliyev Wrestling Tournament in Kaspiisk, Russia.

This is his second title in two weeks. Earlier on April 23, Bajrang won gold in the same category, beating Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov 12-7 in the final of the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China.

Note: Recently, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on April 29, 2019, recommended Bajrang Punia for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honor of India.

Punia to fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Bajrang will now head to the United States to participate in the “Grapple at the Garden” Beat the Streets fight night event at the Madison Square Garden, New York on May 6, 2019.

With this, Punia will become the first Indian wrestler to fight at iconic New York’s Madison Square Garden in the Beat the Streets event, a major showcase platform for international wrestling since 2010. Punia will take on two-time US national champion Yianni Diakomahlis

Punia was invited to the event by the USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States.

About Bajrang Punia

  • Punia began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father. In 2015, his family moved to Sonepat from Jhajjar district so that he can attend a regional center of Sports Authority of India.
  • He had won the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 60 kg category at the World Wrestling Championships in 2013.
  • At the 2014 Common Wealth Games at Glasgow, Scotland, he had won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-4 to David Tremblay of Canada.
  • At the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, he had won the silver medal in the Men’s freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-3 to Masoud Esmaeilpour of Iran.
  • At the Asian Wrestling Championships in 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan, Punia had won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category, losing 0-4 to Masoud Esmaeilpour of Iran.
  • He then won a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship held at Delhi in 2017.
  • The Wrestler then continued his gold-winning streak by winning the gold in men’s freestyle 65 kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast, Australia.
  • He picked gold at the 2018 Asian Games in the men’s freestyle 65 kg category.
  • He settled for silver at the 2018 World Wrestling Championships. However, after that silver medal, he claimed the world no. 1 spot in the 65kg category.
  • He recently marked his authority over Asia after winning Gold in the Asian Wrestling Championships 2019 in Xi’an, China.