Bajarang Punia is an Indian Wrestler, who competes in 65 kg weight category. He is currently ranked number 2 in the 65 kg weight category. He is the only Indian to won 3 medals in World Wrestling Championship. Now he added another medal to his collection by winning Bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics. Punia defeated his opponent and had a score of 8-0 in the play-off and secure his first Olympic medal.
Punia was born on 26 February 1994 in the Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India. He began wrestling at the age of seven and was motivated to pursue by his father. Punia grew up in a rural area and was poor. In 2015, his family moved to Sonepat so that he can get more resources and can join the regional centre of Sports Authority of India. Now he is employed by Indian Railways.Railways on the post of Gazetted Officer OSD sports. Punia enjoys seeking out knowledge of his village elder. He is married to one of his fellow wrestler Sangita Phogat, who is one of the famed Phogat sisters.
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He was awarded with Arjuna Award in 2015. Later in 2019, he was given Padma Shri Award and Rajiv Ghandhi Khel Ratna award. Latest he was awarded in 2020 with FICCI India Sports Award. For winning the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics he got rupees 30lakh from government of India, rupees 2.5 crore from the Government of Haryana, rupees 25 lakhs from the Broad of Control for Cricket in India and rupees 25 lakhs from the Indian Olympic Association.
Punia first major tournament was the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi. He settled for bronze at the match after losing to North Korean’s Hwang Ryong-hak in the men’s freestyle 60-kg category. In the World Wrestling Championship 2013, he won a bronze medal in 60-kg category. In 2014, Punia had upraised and won silver medal in commonwealth games in the men’s 61-kg category. He had this same performance in 2014 Asian Games, and again in 2014, Punia settled for silver medal at Asian Wrestling Championship. He finally had a taste of Gold medal in 2017 Asian Wrestling Championship held in Delhi. He won his second gold in Commonwealth Games in 2018 in men’s freestyle 65-kg category. He became number 1 in the 65-kg category after clinching silver medal at the 2018 World Wrestling Championship.